Finding the right dentist may be just as important as choosing a new neighborhood to live in or finding a new school for your children to attend.
To find the right dental home for yourself and/or your family, the WDA suggests getting recommendations from friends, family members , co-workers, neighbors or even your previous dentist if you’re moving to another community.
You also may use the Find a WDA Dentist link in the upper left corner of all WDA.org pages. Clicking on this button directs you to the American Dental Association’s public MouthHealthy.org website and a special directory where you can search for ADA/WDA member dentists in your area by city, zip code and ADA-recognized specialty.
Subscribers of HMO, PPO, network and capitation plans may be limited in the choice of dentists in any given area.
You may want to call or visit more than one dental practice before making your decision.
Things to consider when choosing a dental home
Dental care is a very personalized service that requires a good relationship between the dentist, dental team and patient. A good relationship is necessary, because regular dental visits are essential to maintaining good oral health and avoiding dental problems that can be both painful and costly.