Brushing and flossing your teeth play an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but they alone aren't enough to maintain good oral health for life. Visiting your dentist for routine check-ups is an essential part of preventing dental diseases. While you may not enjoy going to the dentist, choosing the right dentist can make the experience more pleasant. Check out these tips from the friendly team at Ryba Dentistry to find the right dentist for you.
What is the best way of finding a good dentist in my area?
If you're in the market for a new dentist, you can see what options are available in your area by doing a quick online search. This will give you an idea of how many dentists are out there, but a better way to find a good dentist is to ask for recommendations. Your friends, colleagues, healthcare provider, or neighbors are likely to have a dentist that they love (or tips for which ones to avoid). On the other hand, if you need a dental specialist, such as an oral surgeon, orthodontist, or periodontist, your general dentist can provide some recommendations.
How do I get a regular dentist?
Once you have the name of a dentist, it's a good idea to do some research to ensure that they're qualified, experienced, and will be a good fit for you. Check where the dentist went to school, how long they've been practicing, and if they engage in continuing education courses. It's also worth checking to see if they're a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), which holds them to higher care standards. Next, ensure the dental office you're considering accepts your dental insurance plan.
The best way to know if a dentist is a good fit for you is to visit their office or schedule an initial consultation. Here are some things to look out for when searching for a dentist:
Is their team friendly and informative?
Is their office clean and inviting?
Do the equipment and materials they use look clean, organized, and modern?
Did the dental team wear protective gear, such as gloves and eyewear, during your appointment?
Asking questions during your visit is another way to gauge whether the dentist you're considering is the right one for you. Don't be afraid to ask the dentist and their team plenty of questions concerning how they run their practice. Some questions that may be worth asking include:
What are their office hours? (Do they work for your schedule?)
Where is their office located? (Is it convenient to get to?)
Do they accept your dental insurance plan? If not, what are the prices of common dental treatments?
What is their policy for missing appointments?
How do they handle dental emergencies or after-hour dental problems?
What does a preventative dental appointment look like at their office?
Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment at Ryba Dentistry
Ryba Dentistry is a trusted dental practice that understands the stress of finding a dentist you feel comfortable with. Our team of professionals is committed to delivering exceptional, compassionate care that exceeds your expectations. With convenient locations in Seven Hills, OH, and Ohio City, OH, we use cutting-edge dental techniques and state-of-the-art equipment in a serene office environment. Our goal is to make routine dental visits a pleasurable experience so that you can maintain a healthy smile for life. Whether you're looking for a new general dentist or haven't seen a dentist in a while, schedule an initial consultation with us today. You'll be amazed at how effortless maintaining good oral health can be with the right dental team!
Christopher R. Ryba, DDS
Dr. Christopher R. Ryba, an Ohio State University alum and owner of two practices in Ohio, excels in oral pathology and aesthetic dental restorations. In addition to advising the Allied Dental Health Professions Programs at Cuyahoga Community College, he demonstrates his commitment to community service through his work with the Ohio Dental Outreach. His Seven Hills and Ohio City clinics warmly welcome patients of all ages.