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It’s important to find a dentist who works well with the dynamics of your family. There’s nothing worse than to go to the dentist scared to death about what he or she is going to do to your mouth. So, to help you find a dentist you love and accept, we recommend looking for one who:

No. 1: Is a member of the American Dental Association

Being a member of the American Dental Association is important because it tells you that your dentist has the most recent dental knowledge possible. As a member of the ADA, dentists are encouraged to take continuing education courses to stay up to date on the most current treatment options and technology available.

No. 2: Is recommended by your peers

Finding a dentist who your family members and friends love is definitely a plus. That way, you will know what the office environment is like and you will understand the personalities of the dentist and the other dental team members. If you know you will feel welcomed, loved, and cherished at your dental appointment, visiting a dentist will be much easier.

No. 3: Accepts your dental insurance

If you visit a dental office that accepts your dental insurance, your appointments will be much less stressful and you will feel better about taking steps toward achieving your oral health goals. If the dental office does not accept your insurance, the dental care can get very expensive and you will feel the need to sacrifice your health to save money.

Now, if you’re still having trouble finding the perfect dentist, you can also try asking your family doctor or physician for suggestions. He or she will know which dental professional will help you feel comfortable and safe in the dental chair. If you would like further recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to visit the American Dental Association website.