How to Find the Right Dentist

right dentistFinding the right dentist is so important. Your oral health means everything, so choosing the best dental professionals to care for you is nothing to take lightly.

Before flipping through the Yellow Pages, or in this day and age, browsing the internet, and selecting whatever name pops up first, being selective is so much smarter.

But how to choose? Depending upon where you live, there may be dozens, even hundreds of dentists to pick from. Randomly deciding may be the simplest solution, but it’s not always the best. Taking a gamble on your health is not in the cards.

Here are some useful tips to help you find the dentist that is the best fit for you. Follow these go-to guidelines and you will have a greater chance of success. After all, your oral care affects your overall health. 

How can I narrow down the options? Where do I start?

With a bunch of dentists to choose from, figuring out which ones are your most suitable options is a great first step in this selection process. Ask people you know and trust for referrals. Word of mouth (no pun intended) is extremely useful in this case.

When a person has a positive experience with a healthcare provider, they are excited and eager to share their personal story. Talk to friends, family members, and neighbors, people you work with, see at the gym, at the kids’ sports games, etc.

If you are new to the area or do not have anyone trustworthy to ask, go online. Join a community Facebook group and post your questions there. You may find you will get more honest responses via this platform than by looking on Yelp, for example. Oftentimes, those “reviews” are not real experiences, and people tend to vent when they have had one not-so-good visit with a particular dentist. 

Once you have the names of two or three dentists who come highly recommended after asking around, you can further research their credentials and get more information from their dental practices as the next step in your research.

right dentistCan I call a dentist or otherwise communicate before becoming a patient?

Any respectable and responsible dental office would welcome and encourage potential new patients to contact them to get acquainted. Any questions or concerns that are on your mind should be addressed beforehand so you feel comfortable moving forward and becoming a patient.

At Goochland Dentistry, our mission and beliefs reflect our never-ending commitment to our patients…even before they become patients. We believe in honesty and integrity, and will always treat you like family. Trustworthiness is the key to a long-lasting relationship.

If you want to know more about a dentist in your area, give them a call or schedule a time to drop in. Discuss what is on your mind and find out if the dental practice is your “perfect match.”

What else should I look for when choosing a dentist?

It is important that the dental office is modern and clean, and the team is using the most up-to-date technology and equipment. The staff must be highly experienced, well-trained, friendly, and considerate of their patients. Comfort and quality is essential in making the experience a positive one. 

If you have a specific dental need or desire, be sure the dental practice you are interested in can perform this procedure. If not, they should refer you to another dentist who can help you.

Learn if the dental practice accepts your dental insurance plan or if they offer financing or other payment aid and options. The front desk staff can give you this much-needed information. Do not let high expenses stop you from getting the dental care you deserve. There’s usually a way to work things out.

Proximity to where you live or work is important, as you may need to come in for an emergency visit. Plus, the convenience of a close-by practice will save you time.

If you have children, be sure the practice caters to kids. We do not want our kids to be afraid of the dentist for life after one not-so-great experience.

Are you interested in Goochland Dentistry?

If you live or work in the Manakin-Sabot, VA area, Goochland Dentistry may just be the right dental office for you and your family. We certainly hope so! Our patient reviews are sure to steer you in the right direction.

Using the above tips, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Our friendly and hardworking team is 100% dedicated to delivering the very best in dentistry, and we look forward to having you as a new patient if you are pleased with what you learn about us.

Please give us a call at your convenience at 804-206-9455 or email us at We are open Monday through Friday.

Good luck finding your perfect dentist!