How to Find the Best Dentist For Your Family

How to Find the Best Dentist For Your Family

Finding the right dentist for either yourself or a family member can be a challenging process. Hopefully, you only have to consider this issue rarely. Yet, when you do have to decide, it’s best to consider it carefully. You may find that creating your own personal list of concerns can be of great help. If you or your family is in need of a good dentist, the following tips will help you locate one. When you first meet a new dentist, you should be sure he or she answers any questions you have right away.

There are so many areas that you’ll need to evaluate about a new dentist. Your experience will also be impacted by many variables that have little to do with the dentist. Some of these include the assistants, staff, office policies and more.

The fact of the matter is that however much you want to avoid it the only way you can properly judge the situation is to actually go and see the dentist. It might be less than convenient for you, but, in the end, it’s worth it. No one wants to be treated by a dentist they dislike. So you’ll simply need to go in and get the impression you can, and you will also have to take in quite a bit of information to make your decision.

The silent question you need to ask yourself about any dentist is; how will I know if you’re a good dentist? Everyone poses this questions when they are first evaluating a dentist. In other words, you need to become a good detective.

There are new websites on the internet that provide information about dentists in local areas. You will often find recommendations and reviews from patients that are currently going to that dentist. A dentist can find himself in an embarrassing situation if people start posting negative reviews about him. So your best bet is to use all available resources to research a prospective dentist.

At present, most families are undergoing some financial problem or other.  However, not all plans were created equal. There are lots of families that have no form of dental coverage. This is why you need to research this area thoroughly. The administrative staff will often be able to answer all your questions. You need to determine the exact level of financial support you can expect from the dentist. Does he or she offer the option of payment plans? Do they have alternative plans that may make up the difference between the amount covered and what you can pay?

We know that finding a good dentist isn’t the most enjoyable task. However, you can take the tips from this article as a starting point. You also need to expand the list with issues pertaining to your own situation. You can then come with your own plan.

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Root Canal

Root Canal

Even the mention of the word root canal makes many people wince because they believe that the procedure is painful. In reality, most patients claim to have had very little or no pain during the procedure itself and only a slight sensitivity to the tooth afterwards. With a success rate of about 95 percent, it is easy to see why most dentists recommend this treatment to fix the infected tooth.You may be asking yourself, why do I need a root canal? Well, root canals are performed to stop the spread of infection. The meaning of root canal is a cavity found within the center of your tooth that contains pulp, the pulp chamber and the tooth’s nerves. When your pulp becomes damaged it allows bacteria into the tooth and the bacteria multiples. Once this happens the root canal procedure needs to be done to stop the bacteria from spreading and possibly causing an abscess. The procedure will be performed by your dentist or an endodontist, depending on the difficulty of the needed surgery.

The purpose of the procedure is to repair and save your tooth and to keep the infection from spreading. The doctor will go inside your tooth and remove the nerves and the pulp and then clear the tooth out. Once this is done your tooth will either receive a crown or a permanent filling. Some signs that you might need a root canal procedure done are intense pain in your tooth, a pimple-like bubble on your gums, swelling and tenderness. If you should experience any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your dentist. If you are having severe swelling it may be a sign of an abscess and you need to call your dentist immediately or go to your emergency room. Letting an abscess go without treatment can prove to be fatal if left untreated.

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Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

If you have put off going to the dentist and you are in terrible pain on a Sunday night. Who are you going to call?

Your Emergency Phoenix Dentist!

Does going thought of going to the dentist give you shivers? Emergency dentists are trained in helping patients ease their apprehensiveness.

Fear of the dentist is not an uncommon condition as the following study shows.


It would be useful to have psychometrically-sound measures of dental fear for Hispanics, who comprise the largest ethnic minority in the United States. We report on the psychometric properties of Spanish-language versions of two common adult measures of dental fear (Modified Dental Anxiety Scale, MDAS; Dental Fear Survey, DFS), as well as a measure of fear of dental injections (Needle Survey, NS).


Spanish versions of the measures were administered to 213 adults attending Hispanic cultural festivals, 31 students (who took the questionnaire twice, for test-retest reliability), and 100 patients at a dental clinic. We also administered the questionnaire to 136 English-speaking adults at the Hispanic festivals and 58 English-speaking students at the same college where we recruited the Spanish-speaking students, to compare the performance of the English and Spanish measures in the same populations.


The internal reliabilities of the Spanish MDAS ranged from 0.80 to 0.85. Values for the DFS ranged from 0.92 to 0.96, and values for the NS ranged from 0.92 to 0.94. The test-retest reliabilities (intra-class correlations) for the three measures were 0.69, 0.86, and 0.94 for the MDAS, DFS, and NS, respectively. The three measures showed moderate correlations with one another in all three samples, providing evidence for construct validity. Patients with higher scores on the measures were rated as being more anxious during dental procedures. Similar internal reliabilities and correlations were found in the English-version analyses. The test-retest values were also similar in the English students for the DFS and NS; however, the English test-retest value for the MDAS was better than that found in the Spanish students.


We found evidence for the internal reliability, construct validity, and criterion validity for the Spanish versions of the three measures, and evidence for the test-retest reliability of the Spanish versions of the DFS and NS.

© 2008 Coolidge et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Maine therapist bill signed in April

Augusta, Me.—Gov. Paul LePage signed legislation April 28 to create a license for mid-level dental hygiene therapists and vetoed bills to establish a separate dental hygiene board and restructure the dental board.

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ADA members campaign for Congress

Washington—Three Association member dentists are running for Congress with ADPAC support.

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ADA Foundation reminds dentists of Emergency Disaster Assistance Grants Program

In light of the weekend tornados in the Midwest, the ADA Foundation  is reminding the dental community that its Emergency Disaster Assistance Grants Program may provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster.

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