Finding a good dentist can be like pulling teeth! So if, for whatever reason, you need to find a new dentist, it can be a bigger pain than the one you need him to fix! Don’t put it off until you actually need them, do it now before a toothache will force you to make a rushed decision.

Here are some tips that will make the whole process of finding your new dentist a little less painful.

Word Of Mouth

Get opinions from friends and family on what dentist they currently visit. This will give you an idea of how professional they are, how clean the surgery is and what their bedside manner is like. If you are moving to a new area and need to change dentists, ask your current one for any recommendations or to refer you to one that they think might be suitable.

The Time And The Place

The last thing you’re going to want to do is travel for miles when you need to see the dentist. Choose a location that’s easily accessible from both your home and your place of work. Also, research opening hours – there’s no point in having a great dentist if you can’t make an appointment during their opening hours.

Bedside Manner

Going to the dentist is not exactly on anyone’s ‘Top 10 things to do’ list so it always helps that the person treating you has a good beside manner. You will know from your first visit to any particular dentist whether they’re professional, patient and if they will put you at ease or not. If they don’t make you feel comfortable while you’re there then it’s a good idea to find a different dentist.

Look for things such as how they treat your medical history -have they taken note of this and stored it for future reference? How clean is they’re surgery and the tools they’re using?


Obviously cost is going to be one of the major factors when choosing what dental surgery to go to. If you are covered by medical insurance, make sure that the particular dentist accepts it and is familiar with the procedures that surround it.

There is really no ‘norm’ when it comes to dental costs – it varies widely and sometimes, the lower the cost, the lower the quality. Set your budget and shop around for the best dentist within that.

Finally, as with most things, it’s always best to shop around. Choosing a dentist that’s right for you can sometimes be a process of elimination. Don’t be afraid to move on to another dentist if the one you’re currently seeing doesn’t make you smile!

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