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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUmE 6 — ISSUE 1 88 ChOOsing a dentist As challenging as fnding a new family physician can be, fnding a new dentist can be just as bewildering when moving to a new town. Not only can emergency dental care be a hassle but proper long-term care for your family's teeth can prevent a wide range of future health problems. Finding the right dentist can make all the diference in not only your oral health but in the stress of trying to maintain regular good oral hygiene for your kids. Here are a few good ways to start that search. No pun intended, but 'word of mouth' is still a great place to start learning about services available to you in a new area. As you get to know people in your neighborhood, at your kids' school and other social situations, don't hesitate to ask for recommendations about dentists in the area. These individuals may be able to provide a wealth of personal experiences and other important information about area dental practices. Use a "Find a Dentist" search tool. Organizations such as Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association have great search tool websites with lists of their member physicians. The AGD is available at: www.knowyourteeth.com/fndadentist/. The ADA is available at: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/fnd-a-dentist. Membership in organizations like these means that these dentists have undertaken to hold themselves to a higher standard, and to do more continuing education than the minimum required. On perhaps a more familiar level, websites such as www.yelp.com can give you a neighborhood reviewer's look at a dentist in your area. Visiting your insurance company's website for a listing of dentists in your area that will accept your form of insurance can help you narrow down your search signifcantly. While these websites usually don't get into specifcs, they can give you a great starting point to fnd physicians in your geographic area that may meet your family's needs. CHOOSING A DENTIST by laurel hyatt Set up consultations. That's right — consultations, plural. You will probably want to interview more than one dentist and ofce. Sometimes you can learn a lot about your future dentist just by stopping by and simply sitting down for a conversation. Bring along a copy of your family's dental history. Also have a list of important questions such as what dental procedures are done in the ofce, as opposed to those which may have to be outsourced to a specialist. If you don't know already know, now is also a good time to ask about your dentist's medical history and whether or not he or she is a member of some of the aforementioned professional dental organizations. Study your dentist's demeanor. Many people have a fear of the dentist's ofce, and especially if you have kids, it may be advisable to fnd a dentist that has experience working with all age groups. A family-friendly dentist who can make a regular teeth-cleaning a pleasurable experience is a rare treat for parents. After all, your new dentist will most likely handle your family's dental needs for years to come, so knowing that you have a friendly, afable person to see every few months will make the experience much less stressful. Make sure you are able to contact someone from the ofce AFTER HOURS in case of an emergency. Also make sure the practice location and hours are convenient to your home and work. Preventative care should be a top priority of any good dental ofce. The ofce should be clean and well organized. And fnally, you should be able to review your medical record, including X-rays, at any time with the dentist or a member of the dental team. Choosing the right dentist is a major decision for your family's overall well-being, but if you take your time and weigh the pros and cons of each one, you can fnd an individual that is more than capable of handling your family's unique needs. [] for whatever your dental needs

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