Where To Find A Good Dentist

Whether you’ve just moved into a new neighborhood you’re dissatisfied with your current situation, or you just need to make a change, there’s no doubt that finding a new dentist in Jacksonville can sometimes be a real pain. Where to even start? Who can you trust? And how are you supposed to narrow it down when there are so many choices? Luckily there are some tried and true methods that should help you find the perfect dentist for you and your family.

The ADA

The American Dental Association is the premier dental association in the United States. Established in 1859, it is also both the world’s oldest and the world’s largest national dental association, with over 155,000 members. Suffice it to say any dentist worth visiting will be an ADA member. Apart from the ADA, there are numerous state and local dental organization which are themselves registered with the ADA. Get in touch with the ADA who can provide you with the contact info for the local dental associations in your area. Those associations should be able to point you in the right direction towards a well-respected dental professional near your location.

Recommendations

Probably the easiest—and often the best—method to find a new dentist is to ask those around you. Your family, friends, and co-workers all (hopefully) have regular dentists. Ask them who they’re comfortable around and then build a list of potential candidates. The odds are that if your friends are comfortable with a certain dentist, you will be too. The other resource available to you are other medical professionals. If you have a regular doctor, pediatrician, optometrist, chiropractor, or other medical practitioner, ask them for a recommendation. They normally are aware of what other medical professionals are operating in their area and can give you some recommendations. Finally, if you’re moving cities, ask your old dentist! There are dental conferences, conventions, training seminars, and other activities that most dentists attend, and it’s possible your old dentist may know someone in your new city.

Shop Around

If these methods prove fruitless, there’s always internet searches and the yellow pages. Find a couple of dentists operating in your area and go check out their offices. Sometimes—particularly in preparation for a possible emergency—the closest dentist can be the best. Dentists don’t always keep the same hours, so check the office hours for any dentist you’re considering visiting. Finally, the American Dental Association does recommend visiting several dentists before selecting one to be your family’s permanent dentist. With that in mind don’t forget—it’s totally OK to shop around. Just make sure you feel comfortable.