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Questions To Ask When Choosing A Family Dentist

Whether you just moved or are simply looking for a new dentist, finding the right one is important to the health of your family. By knowing your priorities and asking the right questions, you can find a family dentist to provide specialized and routine dental care. Remember that you have the right to consider various options. As you’re visiting local dentist offices, be sure to ask the following questions.

  1. Which age groups do you generally work with?
    For families with young children, it’s best to choose a dentist with experience treating little ones. It takes a special type of professional to provide compassionate, painless dentistry to kids, so choose a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Your kids will likely feel the same.
  2. What are your specialties?
    Not every dentist is the same, and their specialties often set them a part. For example, you might be looking for a dentist that provides holistic dentistry in an environmentally friendly office. Consider making a list of the dentistry styles you are looking for.
  3. Do you accept my insurance plan?
    This question may seem obvious, but some patients may skip over asking if they are thrilled by the dentist they are talking to. Be sure your dentist offices accept your insurance plan. This way, you can be covered for unforeseen emergencies.
  4. Do you take emergency appointments?
    If these emergencies do happen, you want to be able to get in to see your dentist quickly. These procedures include emergency tooth extraction and replacement if a tooth is chipped. Having an emergency dentist on your side will put your family members’ minds at ease.
  5. Will you educate my family on oral care and cavity prevention?
    This is especially important if you have children. About 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have some sort of tooth decay on their permanent teeth, according to the NIDCR. It’s important that your dentist is able to educate your kids about preventing these oral issues down the line.

Finding a provider of quality, painless dentistry is central to your family’s health. This is why it’s so imperative that you take the time to interview various options. Your effort will pay off when you have a reliable source of dental care to address all of your dental problems.

43 Comments
  1. Reply
    Jack Duff

    I like that you mentioned to ask in advance if a dentist takes emergency patients. It makes sense that you would want to be sure you could see your dentist in times of need, so you could feel more comfortable. I need to find a dentist for my family, because we just moved to a new state. This is something I will definitely look for, thanks a lot!

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    Jordan Miner

    I’ve been looking for some good options for a dentist, and I think that being able to get some info would be good. I’m glad you talked about making sure that a dentist would accept their insurance plans. I’m going to have to see what options I can find and if we can get a good dentist! Thanks!

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    Persephone

    It was truly helpful how you suggested making sure that the dentist that I will choose was covered by my insurance company. Like you said, this is a way to be certain that I won’t have to worry about anything in case of an emergency. I remember my younger brother losing a tooth once, and we had to pay an awful sum of cash because we didn’t have a dentist to get in touch with. I don’t want that to happen again, so I’ll do something about it. Thanks!

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    Jeremy Thompson

    Your advice to have a family dentist that handle a great age group to handle my family’s dental care so that the children would be able to trust the dentist seeing as they’ll work on us first is an interesting concept to explore more on. That should help me with clearing up my children’s misunderstanding about dentists too as their classmates keeps on feeding them false information. Hopefully, with the help of a family dentist, they’ll be able to see that cavity is the true enemy. Thanks!

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    Ashley Maxwell

    Thanks for your tip to hire a family dentist that is friendly and works in an uplifting environment that you can all enjoy. I like how you said that they should be kind and able to work with people of all ages. My husband and I are looking for dentists that both us and our daughters will enjoy and feel comfortable going to.

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    Earnest Watkins

    My favorite point you mentioned in your article was how it’s important to check and make sure the dentist you’re looking at hiring can educate your children on how to take care of their teeth. I feel like education would be really important to ensure proper prevention and care of teeth. Having a dentist that goes the extra mile to help teach my children so they understand proper oral hygiene would be hugely beneficial.

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    Derek Dewitt

    My wife and I are looking for a new dentist in our area to start visiting, but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest asking if they offer emergency appointments or not though. If there was ever an accident like a chipped tooth, it would make me feel much better knowing we can get help at any time.

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    Jeremy Thompson

    I am looking for a new dentist at the moment as we just recently moved into a new place. Your advice to see if the dentist I would locate would accept my insurance so that we can be safe in case of unforeseen emergencies is a tip I will surely keep in mind. Keeping myself safe and healthy is one of my top priorities after all. Thanks!

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    Deb Pearl

    Thank you for all the questions to ask a family dentist. I have been trying to find a family dentist, but I haven’t had any luck. I think that is a great idea to see if they take emergency appointments. It would be nice not to have to worry if something does happen to any of my family member’s teeth.

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    Elsa Anderson

    The part where you mentioned that it would be best to check if the family dentist accepts my insurance plan before getting them is a tip I will be sure to do. That should help me get the most out of my insurance policy as seeing a dentist would be a regular occurrence once we find one. Hopefully, there are some nearby that can accept our insurance policy and offer a 24/7 service in cases of emergencies. Thanks!

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    Alexandria Martinez

    I was on the phone with my brother the other day talking to him about his recent search for a general dentist. He wants to make sure that he and his kids have a good place to go for their dental care. It would benefit him a lot to know that there is a level of education that should come from the oral care provider you go to.

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    Hailey Camila

    A family dfentist is a person who can look after all dental problem of your family member including your children also. Your choice of dentist could be determined by your dental health plan. While you are looking for the perfect dentist you should check his or her reputation by doing research on their pratice history. Also know their specialization. http://www.dentalgroupofsimivalley.com/ is the best dental care in the locality where you can find all dental services as per needed with in affortable price.

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    Hannah Neilson

    Thanks for the advice about considering what kind of specialty a dentist has. It would be smart to consider this because it would help ensure that you find someone who is qualified. I’m looking for a dentist to help with regular cleanings, so I’ll have to consider their specialty.

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    Hannah Neilson

    Thanks for the advice about checking if a dentist accepts your insurance plan. It would be good to consider this because it would help ensure that they are qualified. I’m looking for a dentist for my family after a recent move, so I’ll have to consider if they accept our insurance.

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    Ashley Maxwell

    I think it’s awesome that you said that a dentist should definitely have a comfortable and inviting office space. Thanks for mentioning how they should be educated in their field as well. My teenage daughter needs her wisdom teeth removed, and we are looking for dentists hat will put her mind to ease since she’s so nervous.

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    Derek Dewitt

    My wife and I are looking for a new dentist to start visiting ever since moving, so thanks for sharing this article. I like your point about asking what the dentist’s emergency procedure is. I want to know if we can make an unscheduled visit if there is a chipped tooth, so I’ll be sure to ask about this.

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    Tiffany Locke

    I’m glad that you mention how dentists can have different specialties so it’s a good idea to create a list of the dentistry styles you are looking for. This could help your search go faster since you can narrow down your options when researching online. Checking the dentist’s website would probably help you learn more about their specialties and the services they offer so that you can determine which one matches your list and can keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

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    Kyle Wayne

    It’s great that you talked about making sure the dentist accepts your insurance plan so you’ll be covered for any unforeseen emergencies. My oldest sister just moved and is looking to hire emergency dentists for her five boys. I think I will talk to her about making sure they accept her insurance so it will all work smoothly.

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    James Anderson

    I can totally relate when you mentioned that a good family dentist should have an experience treating little ones. I am encouraging my kids to have their teeth checked so they won’t have cavities, which is why I convinced them to come with me to the dentist next week. I’ll start asking for recommendations within the area so that I can find a family dental doctor that have handled kids before; that way, I know that I’ll be dealing with an expert when it comes to child dentistry. Thanks!

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    Emery Jean Chambers

    It was really helpful when you mentioned listing down the kind of dentistry styles that the person is looking for in order to narrow down the search and find the one that will work with them the best. Since my family is mostly composed of children, I think I already know the kind of dentistry style that I need. I need a dentist who is gentle towards children and has a kid-friendly office. Thank you for sharing.

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    James Anderson

    It sure was nice when you said that one should choose a dentist that can attend to dental emergencies such as extractions or replacements for a chipped tooth. I know that my children’s teeth are due to fall out and will need extractions but I don’t know when will it happen. With this in mind, I’ll make sure to find a family dentist that can attend to emergency appointments.

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    Callum Palmer

    These are some fantastic questions; after all, there is a lot that you have to ask when you are choosing the right dentist for you and your family. I particularly like that one of the questions is about whether or not they accept emergency appointments. If you do end up in that situation you’d want to know where to go if you’ve accidentally knocked out your tooth.

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    Jenna Hunter

    I appreciate your list of things to ask when finding a new dentist to take your family to. It is important to know what the dentist specializes in or if they will help educate your kids about preventing cavities and bad oral health practices. My family just moved to a new area and need to find a new dentist, so we will be sure to keep your questions in mind to get a good idea of what the dental offices are like and what they provide.

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    Gina Henrie

    We’ve been looking for a new dentist. I agree that it’s helpful to choose a dentist that is used to working with younger patients when you have small children. A child’s first experience at the dentist can make all the difference in their dental health in the long run.

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    John

    That’s a good tip to choose a dentist that works with little ones if you have young children. Children are developmentally different from adults. They have two sets of teeth in their jaw.

  27. Reply
    James Anderson

    I totally agree that when choosing a family dental service company, one should ask about the dentist’s specialties, as this could help in knowing which dentist can provide the service that you and your family needs. We just moved into a new area and we are looking for a dentist that can take care of our oral health. I’ll take note of this information and use it as my basis for choosing which general family dental service clinic should we consult.

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    Hannah Neilson

    Thanks for the advice about considering gif a family dentist accepts your insurance. It would be good to check this because it would show that they are qualified. My husband and I are looking for a dentist, so we’ll have to consider if they take our insurance first.

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    Olivia Nelson

    You make a good point when you say that you want to consider a dentist’s style when you are choosing them. It would be good to consider this because it would show that they are qualified. My husband and I are looking for a dentist, so we’ll have to consider their style before we choose them.

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    Hector Uba

    It’s great that you elaborated on what to ask and what to look for when choosing a family dentist, it was very helpful. I agree that the most important thing to look for is if they accept your insurance plan, if they don’t it’s going to cost a lot of money. My sister is looking for a dentist for her family, I will be sure to share these tips with her.

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    Burt Silver

    I really like the questions that you shared that I should ask when choosing a family dentist. Especially the part where you mention asking about a dentist and their specialties. This is really important for me to know because I want a dentist that will be really friendly with my family and help encourage my kids to keep going to the dentist.

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    Ridley Fitzgerald

    Thanks for the tips for choosing a new dentist. My family just moved last month, and I know we’ll need a new dentist in this area. I’ll be sure to find someone who works with smaller children, like you mentioned, because our kids are 3 and 5.

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    Hannah Neilson

    Thanks for the tip about considering if a family dentist has emergency appointments. It would be good to consider this because it would show that they are going to be able to see you any time of the day or night. My husband and I are looking for a family dentist, so we’ll have to check their emergency services. first.

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    Joy Butler

    I am so thankful for what you have shared about getting a family dentist. We’re just settling down to a new city, we moved in because of my new job and it’s almost time for our monthly dental checkup so I need to find a good family dentist whom I could trust with our oral health. Regarding your third question, it reminded me to check for the list of accredited dentists and dental clinics from my HMO.

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    Rosie Beckett

    I recently moved to a new area and I am looking for a quality dentist for my family, so I am glad that I found this article. You make a great point that when looking for a dentist you should find out what their specialties are. I want to make sure that the dentist I choose typically works with children because this will make my daughters feel more comfortable. Also, I will definitely ask if they provide emergency services because this will give me peace of mind that they can help if anyone in my family has a tooth injury.

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    Jocelyn McDonald

    My husband and I recently moved into a new home, and we’re looking for a dental clinic we can start visiting. Your article had some great tips for choosing a dentist ,and I really liked how you mention to make sure the dentist you like accepts your insurance plan. This way we can be covered in case of an emergency, and we’ll keep this in mind when choosing the dentist for us.

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    Jordan Miner

    I’ve been wanting to find a good dentist, and I think that being able to get some information would be nice for me. I like that you talked about how you want to ask a dentist about their specialties, which was something I hadn’t really thought about. I’m going to have to look for a few good dentist options and see who specializes in what we need!

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    Millie Hue

    My family and I just moved into this new neighborhood since we have decided to downsize to cut costs since we need more money to buy the medications for my husband. Now, we needed to look for a dentist in this area because my son just got a cracked tooth after falling from the tree yesterday. I appreciate that you suggested looking for a dentist who can work with any age, especially handling kids. Like you said, it will help a lot when the dentist is compassionate enough since it will make the kids comfortable during the procedure. Thanks!

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    Jocelyn McDonald

    My husband, daughter and I just moved into a new area, and we’re looking for a dental clinic we can start visiting. Your article had some great tips for choosing a family dentist, and I liked how you said to make sure you choose a dentist that is covered by your insurance, and to not choose someone who isn’t covered just because we like them. Thanks for the help; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing the dentist best for us.

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    Taylor Bishop

    Thanks for these tips for finding a family dentist. I’m glad you mentioned that you should try to learn if they can accept your insurance plan so you can be covered in emergencies. It also seems like a good way to make sure you can pay for the dental treatment if you will be covered.

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    Taylor Anderson

    I love how you mentioned to ask the dentist what age ranges they typically do appointments for, as you’ll want to find one that fits your family’s needs. My aunt is moving this next month, so she’s been looking for a dentist in her new area. These tips will totally help her, so I’ll make sure I share them with her at our next family gathering.

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    Raymond Cooper

    I’m moving to a new home next week, so I’ll be needing a good dentist in my area. I like how you suggest taking the time to look at what specializations and experience a dentist has before deciding to work with them. This is definitely something I’ll keep in mind going forward since I want to make sure the dentist I choose can cater to any of my needs.

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    Katie Wilson

    My son has been complaining about a toothache recently, and now we’re looking for a dentist to take a look. When I choose someone to help us out, I’ll have to make sure that they check our insurance, as you say. Finding someone who your insurance will cover would really help you save money for your checkups.

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