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Four Tips for Finding the Right Dentist for your Family

Choosing the right dentist is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

CARY, N.C. – Choosing the right dentist is one of the most important things you can do for your family. You and your family dentist will be long-term oral health care partners, so it is critical to find someone you are comfortable around. While education and experience are required, the North Carolina Dental Society recognizes it is just as important to build trust with your dentist.

Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential component of your overall health. Continuity of care is a vital part of any health plan, and dental health is no exception. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, regular dental visits are important for diagnosing and preventing problems from developing in the first place. You should visit your family dentist every six months, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.

The North Carolina Dental Society offers four suggestions for finding the right oral health care provider for your family:

  1. Visit the American Dental Association’s Find-a-Dentist online tool. Search for ADA member dentists in your area.
  2. Use your personal network. Ask your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers for recommendations of who they trust.
  3. Turn to industry professionals. Learn who your family physician or local pharmacist recommends.
  4. Ask your previous dentist. If you’re moving, you might consider asking your previous dentist for a recommendation of someone he or she might know from dental school or professional societies.

Dental care is very personalized and requires a good relationship with your dentist. You may want to call or visit more than one dentist before making a decision for your family.

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About the North Carolina Dental Society

The North Carolina Dental Society was founded in 1856 and is one of the oldest dental societies in the country. The NCDS represents nearly 3,600 member dentists in North Carolina. Headquartered in Cary, our mission is to help all members succeed.  For more information about the NCDS, visit  The North Carolina Dental Society is a part of the American Dental Association, the nation's largest dental association, representing 158,000 dentist members.