Choosing a Dentist

1. How do I find a good dentist?

Call your local dental society or state dental board. Check with friends and coworkers and seek out personal recommendations. Interview your potential dentist at his/her office and ask questions, let him/her know your concerns. Inquire about their credentials and membership in organized dentistry through such organizations as the Academy of General Dentistry which helps general dentists keep up to date. Ask about their dedication to continuing education. It is important to feel comfortable and trust your dentist.

2. I am afraid to go to the dentist, but I know I should. What can I do?

Don't put it off. Your first step is a phone call. Talk to the dentist about your fears. By developing a relationship with the dentist, you are also involving yourself in the treatment plan. Dentists can discuss options that will help you control and decide your own treatment and techniques that can help you relax and feel more comfortable during your visit.