Finding the best dentist to help you maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile isn’t easy. But it can be done. With a little time and research, you can find a general dentist who is also a cosmetic dentist and knows how to create beautiful smiles.

1. Know Your Oral Health Care Needs

Are you comfortable with dental appointments, or do they may you nervous. If you suffer from an anxiety, the best dentist for you is gentle, understanding, and offers some form of sedation dentistry to help you relax.

What is the condition of your teeth? Are they healthy and only requiring dental exams and cleanings? Or do you need tooth replacement, cosmetic dentistry, or diagnosis and treatment for TMJ. If you need specialized care, find a dentist who is highly trained in the problems areas you are experiencing with your teeth. Check the dentist’s website to learn about his or her training, credentials, and experience.

2. Ask for Referrals

Friends, family member, co-workers and other acquaintances often provide the best referrals to a good dentist. Ask questions about the practice, the location, the staff, and the dentist’s chairside manner. Remember that a dentist might be a favorite of someone you know, but he or she might not be right for your needs.

3. Look for Credentials of a Best Dentist

A dentist who participates in going training shows a real interest in the craft. Find out the requirements for continuing dental education in the state where you live. Does the dentist you are interested in meet the minimum requirement, or does the dentist exceed the requirement.

Continuing education helps the best dentists learn about new techniques and technology to help you achieve optimum oral health. Has the dentist achieved fellowship in any dental organization? Is he or she accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry?

4. Look for Best Dentist Reviews

Patient reviews are a window into the practice. Choose reviews from legitimate sources. Pay attention to what patients are saying about the dentist. Remember that even the best dentist can have a disgruntled patient, but what are the majority of patients saying about the dentist and his or her practice?

5. Schedule Consultations

Choose two to three dentists with whom you can schedule a consultation. A consultation gives you a chance to see the office, meet the dentist and staff member, and decide which practice is best for you.

Don’t Hesitate to Switch Until You Find the Best Dentist

Your oral health is serious business. It affects your overall well-being. If you don’t get great service and care from a dentist, don’t hesitate to find a dentist who can provide it.

This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.