How To Choose A Dentist

My name is Dr. Jayendra Patel. I am a practicing general dentist at Ranchview Family Dentistry in Irving, TX. I always get this question, “How do I choose the right dentist in Dallas-Fort Worth”. People are bombarded with so many advertisements and options; they cannot decide which dentist will be right for them or their family.
Not knowing which dentist to choose may be the reason that 23% of Adults and 16% of Children in the United States have untreated dental problems and less than two thirds have visited a dentist in the past 12 months. Neglecting oral health can cause pain, infection, and early tooth loss which will lead to a change in the bite and eventually require much more drastic treatment than if regular check up visits are carried out.
I have listed the criteria which can help you in the search for the right dentist.
• Is the dentist properly trained?
Dentists trained in the United States will have either DDS or DMD after their name. DDS means Doctor of Dental Surgery and DMD means Doctor of Dental Medicine, both are equally trained general dentists. Dental Specialists will have MS or MD after DDS or DMD. The types of Dental Specialists are Pediatric Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Orthodontists, Oral Pathologists and Oral Surgeons.
• Is the practice location convenient to your work or home?
• Does the practice have flexible hours which will work with your schedule?
• Ask friends, family or colleagues for personal referrals.
• Visit dental office websites to get acquainted with the practice.
• Read online reviews. While online reviews can provide valuable information, excessive praise or excess criticism should be taken with a grain of salt.
• Does the dentist belong to the local dental societies, like The Texas Dental Association or The American Dental Association. “Is Your Dentist a Member?”

Once you have chosen a dentist, it is important that you feel comfortable with that dentist. Dentists should listen to your concerns, give you time, give your options and make you feel comfortable. A dentist’s job is to help you manage your optimal oral health and build a trusting and respectful relationship. Choosing the right dentist will help you achieve optimal oral health.