How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

Updated: Oct 3, 2018



MOVING TO A NEW AREA comes with a long to-do list, and one important item on it is finding the right local dentist. New movers often have to ask themselves "How do I find a good dentist near me?"There are a few factors to take into account when choosing a dentist in order to make sure they’re a good fit for you and your family.


Why Decide Now?

Dental care should be about preventing problems before they have a chance to get worse, not waiting until they’ve become an emergency. That means it’s important to find a dentist ahead of time so that you can start making regular checkup appointments to keep your teeth healthy.


Another benefit to choosing your dentist ahead of time is that the pressure is off! You don’t have to rush and take a risk with a practice nobody can vouch for. If you start early, you’ll have plenty of time to make sure you have only the best dentist for your needs.


Our Top 5 Tips For Choosing A Dentist

You might have other items you’d include on your own list, but these are five we feel are particularly important for any patient. Still, it’s up to you to decide which items on the list are a higher priority for you!




Location & Hours

A crucial thing you should be looking at is if the office is within a reasonable distance from your home. How far are you willing to drive twice a year for your checkups? Answer that question for yourself, then choose from dentists within that range. You should also check out their office hours to make sure it fits your schedule. Consider accessibility to highways, parking and weekend hours. For example, we are conveniently located near 280 & 380 with free private parking and open 6 days a week.



Reputation. Once you’ve decided how far you’re willing to travel for your appointments, research your local dentists to find the ones with great reputations. You can check their Google reviews and Yelp pages for quick information, but you can also ask your friends, coworkers, and neighbors for recommendations. We're one of the highest-rated dental offices in the area and highly recommended by our patients.



Cost. While the quality of the dental care should always be high on the priority list, cost is an important consideration as well. Determine your household’s dental care budget, research dental insurance options, and remember that good preventative dental care now will always be cheaper than dental repair work down the road! Look for an office like us that helps make dental care as affordable as possible by having competitive fees, accepting all PPO dental insurances and offering flexible payment options.





Specialization. Are you looking for a family dental practice, or do you need a pediatric dentist for your kids? This will make a difference in your final choice. If you know you need more complicated work than a regular cleaning or filling, you might want to learn about nearby periodontists or endodontists as well. We make it easier for our patients by having in-office specialists for kids, braces, implants, gum treatment, root canal treatment, oral surgery, and sedation.



Comfort. Even if a dentist meets all four of the other requirements, it may not mean so much to you if you can’t relax while you’re in their office. This is why it’s a good idea to go in beforehand to get a feel for the team and the overall environment of the practice. A good dentist will always look after your comfort and update their equipment to make the most of modern technology! Some more modern practices, like us, now offer free wifi, a complimentary beverage center, noise-canceling headphones, digital x-rays and bright sun-filled rooms to help put patients at ease.




Good luck on your search!

We hope you'll consider what sets us apart but now you know how to find the best dentist for your needs. We just want to make sure every new member in our community has their dental health needs looked after. In the meantime, keep up your daily brushing and flossing habits!





New Patient Hotline

Call: (650) 273-4323

 

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South San Francisco Dental Care

2400 Westborough Blvd, St. 205,

South San Francisco, CA 94080

 

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Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm         

Saturdays  by appointment

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