How to Find the Perfect Dentist for You and Your Family

By Paul Phillips / On

If you are looking for a dentist for you and your family, you have much more to consider than if you were just searching for a dentist to take care of your individual dental needs. Remember, this provider will be providing dental care to not only you, but also your spouse and children.

Learn as much as you can about the dentist and his or her practice, so you can make the right choice for your family. Also consider this is a practitioner that your family will want to see for years to come, so you will want to build a lasting relationship. Dental appointments don’t tend to be all that pleasant, however they can become much more pleasant with the right team.

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Here are Several Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dentist for Your Family:

  • -Are they specialized?
  • -How many years have they been practicing?
  • -Check reviews. Do they have good reviews? If there are bad reviews, do the reviews seem as though the person is exaggerating or like it is an honest experience?
  • -Are the prices reasonable?
  • -What kind of technology is used?
  • -Is nitrous oxide available?
  • -Has the dentist continued his or her education?
  • -How easy is to get an emergency appointment?
  • -What kinds of services can be done onsite?
  • -What kinds of insurances are accepted?
  • -Are payment options available?


You want to be sure you choose a dentist that you and your entire family feels comfortable with getting treatment from. Remember, you want to build a long-term relationship for your entire family with this dental provider.

Andrea M. from Los Angeles says,

When I first moved to Santa Ana, California, my first tasks were finding the right pediatrician and dentist for my children. Finding a dentist whom my children loved was tougher than I expected. After a few failed dental appointments I accidentally came across our future dentist when walking through the MainPlace mall. At Acevedo Dental Group, both my children have never had a problem and are now both cavity free! They’re all smiles!

When you choose the right family dentist, there won’t be as much anxiety or anxiousness when family members go for their dental appointments. A family dentist will see patients of various ages, from young children to senior adults.

Most family dentists have undergone training in general dentistry, but some have undergone additional training in pediatric dentistry. Some may have additional training hours in various aspects of dental care. A majority of general dentists, although not specialized, will take continuing education workshops, and workshops in various areas of dentistry that teaches them the latest dental procedures and that expands on their knowledge.

Other things to consider:

  • -Has the dentist ever been reprimanded by the board?
  • -Have there been complaints of malpractice or negligence?


Many times this information can be found online or by contacting your state’s licensing board. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members for references or recommendations when it comes to choosing a dentist. Usually, they are more than willing to tell you about their experiences with any local dentists.

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Word of mouth is often the greatest source of reliable information when selecting a dental provider. So  don’t be shy and ask your coworkers or the parents of your children’s friends. Also, when you go to the dental practice, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

The dentist and his or her staff want to make you feel welcome and they are willing to go above and beyond to make sure you and your family are relaxed when you go to their office, whether it be for a routine checkup and cleaning or a dental procedure, such as a filling or a crown.

Just by using the right approach, you will find a dentist that will make your entire family happy. Don’t just jump in and choose the first dentist you come to, instead, work to make sure you find a dentist that makes your family happy and comfortable.