TIPS AND ADVICE

How To Spot a Great Dentist

And Get the care you deserve

When you stop to think about it, it’s surprising how little thought most people put into finding the right dentist. They might simply choose one that’s close to their home, or ask a friend for a referral, but rarely do they take the time to check credentials, ask about specialties, or otherwise get below the surface.

Of course, we realize that most people aren’t sure what to look for in the first place. With that in mind, here are a few easy-to-remember tips on finding a great dentist:

  1. A great dentist asks about your symptoms and history first. A dentist who simply goes into your mouth without finding out what kinds of concerns you have first isn’t doing the best job possible. Knowing the patient –and especially what kinds of concerns they have – is an important part of the process.

  2. A great dentist explains what’s going on. During your visit, and especially an initial exam, a good dentist will explain what he or she has seen, rather than leaving you waiting and guessing to get a diagnosis. Having a good “bedside manner” is especially important in dentistry, as patients may be nervous about the process or procedures.

  3. A great dentist will have lots of happy patients. Sometimes, you can see this from the referrals or local reviews online, but you can also tell from the men and women leaving their office. If most of them seem happy, then you’ve probably found a great dentist.

It’s not always easy to find a great dentist, but following these tips should help you get started.

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3 Tips on Making Great dental work more affordable

Managing The Cost of Care

In this economy, families are looking to save money everywhere they can, including on dental work for themselves and their children.

To help you lower the cost of your dental work, here are four tips for making great dental work more affordable:

  1. Don’t do everything all at once. Obviously, you’ll want to have your teeth fixed as quickly as possible, but if you’re looking at extensive work, it’s okay to prioritize and deal with one issue at a time.

  2. Ask your dentist for options. If you’re facing a tight budget, your dentist might be able to make some recommendations on your work to help lower the cost. These could include alternative treatments, or spacing it to work out over a period of a few months.

  3. Learn about better preventative care. Ultimately, the best way to lower the cost of your dental work is to need less of it in the first place. Whether you need a simple filling or something bigger, ask your dentist what you can do to keep your mouth healthier in the future.

Looking for a great dentist to work with? It only takes one phone call to make an appointment with our office and be on the way to a brighter, healthier smile.

When to see a dentist right away

Warning signs for seeking care

Although it’s never a great idea to put off seeing a dentist, there are times when work, travel, or budgetary concerns can cause you to delay a routine cleaning or small procedure. If you’re facing something bigger, however, it’s important to make an appointment immediately.

Here are three times when you should definitely see a dentist right away:

  1. When you are experiencing pain or sensitivity.  Any kind of discomfort in your mouth, and especially in your teeth or gums, can be a sign of a bigger problem to come. Don’t wait for the pain to go away; make an appointment before it’s too late.

  2. When you have bleeding gums. There are several possible reasons for bleeding gums, but one of the most important is gum disease, which could lead to tooth loss and bad breath. It only takes a quick appointment to make a diagnosis, so don’t ignore these symptoms.

  3. When you have a dry mouth.  As with bleeding gums, there are several possibilities, but a dry mouth could be the result of a disease that you’ll want treated as soon as possible. Again, don’t get stuck waiting and guessing, when a quick appointment could give you the answers and treatment you need.

If you are experiencing one of these problems, don’t hesitate – make an appointment with our office as soon as you possibly can.

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Are invisalign orthodontics right for you (??)

The only theme you need

It isn’t often that the public gets excited about orthodontics, but when it comes to Invisalign, people everywhere have definitely started to take notice over the past few years.

So, could Invisalign orthodontics be right for you? Here are three quick things to consider:

  • Invisalign offers a better look than traditional braces. Ask anyone who ever had the old metal-style braces how much they enjoyed it, and they’ll tell you firsthand what kind of advantage having clear, unseen orthodontic appliances can be.
  • With Invisalign, you can eat what you want. One of the hardest things for patients, when it comes to metal braces, has always been that they have to stay away from certain foods to keep them clean. Since Invisalign appliances can be removed, however, you don’t have to be careful about what you eat.
  • Invisalign is fast and affordable. Invisalign teeth straightening compares favorably to traditional braces when it comes to cost and the number of months needed to use them. Getting a beautiful smile with Invisalign might be a lot easier, and more affordable, than you think.