Finding a good practitioner of any kind can be overwhelming. Dentist, family physician, and pediatrician offices fill up quickly. You want a place with flexible hours, the latest techniques, same day treatment, and good reviews. Saturday appointments can allow a busy stay home mom to get her appointment in with no children at her feet. Dad might even like to go on Saturday so he will not use sick time for appointments.
Dentist practices change over the years. You may be going to the same person you went to as a child. Practices and techniques change. You may want to evaluate whether you are in a good practice. Does your hygienist do a screening for oral cancer? Do they push flossing and brushing? Do they do films on your teeth at least once a year? Are you comfortable with your hygienist? Do you feel they are knowledgeable and do a good job? Can they offer care to your entire family?
Sometimes finding a good place for cleanings is more than up-to-date technique.
Sometimes you will find that your life circumstances change and your current office can not meet that need. For instance, say you had a baby and you want to get their teeth cleaned. If your current office is not willing to see your child or is not good at it, you might consider moving your family, or finding a pediatric office for your child. Perhaps your husband has a fear of cleanings. That is okay. Practices your friends recommend might be known for their ability to work with anxious patients, or your husband may click with a certain person better. Some offices may even offer sedation or sometimes they have a television you can watch to help reduce anxiety.
Not all offices are going to be able to meet your families needs. You may have to search and talk to a lot of old friends. Dentist referrals can even come from your current office. If you want to find a pediatric office be honest and explain that you think your child could be better served. Your office may have connections and they can point you in the direction of the right place for you. You might also want to ask your current office if you are planning a move. They may be able to offer you a few good names for your move. No matter your circumstance there will be an ideal office out there that meets most of your families needs.