When moving to a new city, it’s important to choose your health care providers as soon as you can so that you don’t fall behind on your routine care. This includes your dentist as well. However, when you first relocate, you may not know many people who can give you recommendations. If you find yourself in need of a new dentist in a new city, here are some of the factors that you can research:
- The practice’s philosophy: It is becoming increasingly clear that oral health is intricately linked to your body’s overall well-being, so you may want to receive care at a practice with a holistic philosophy that emphasizes that aspect of your care. Some patients are primarily focused on how dental care helps to improve the appearance of their smiles, so that may be another consideration to investigate.
- The provider’s educational background: Look at the practitioner’s dental school. Does it have a good reputation, and is it credentialed? Your provider should also have an active license with the state board, which helps to ensure the quality of care that you receive.
- The provider’s participation in continuing education and dental organizations: Practitioners stay updated on developments in the field by attending continuing education courses and participating in professional organizations at the local, state and national levels. Ask about your provider’s involvement in these areas.
- The technology featured in the practice: Be sure that the practice uses updated technology in diagnosing and treating your oral health conditions. Technology such as digital radiography is becoming standard, and you may also prefer to go to a practice that offers some sort of sedation so that you can be as comfortable as possible.
You will also want to check with the office to see what types of insurance they accept (if any) and what sort of payment methods are accepted for out of pocket costs. Most practices will work with a patient to help them fit the desired interventions into their budget.
Are you looking for a new dentist in the Tustin area? Visit our website to learn more about us, or call our office at 714-838-8050 to ask one of our staff members any questions you may have.