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How Do I Choose the Right Dentist for My Needs?

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Keeping your smile in tip-top shape is an essential part of maintaining good overall health and self-confidence. Even if your teeth appear healthy, routine dental exams can help prevent oral health problems from developing and progressing. It's important to find a dental team that you trust and feel comfortable with. Here's what you need to know about finding the right dentist before scheduling a routine dental checkup.

Where to Find the Right Dentist?

Choosing the right dentist can be a daunting task, especially if there are many options in your area. Here are some tips that can help you narrow down your search:

  • Ask your family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers which dentist they use. This is a great way to hear who they love and who they'd avoid.

  • Ask your family doctor or local pharmacist.

  • If you're moving, ask your current dentist if they know anyone in the new location.

  • Search online for dentists who are close to your home.

  • Check Google to see who has the best reviews in your community.

What to Look for in a Dentist

Not all dentists are the same. Taking the time to do a bit of research before scheduling an appointment with a dental team is a great way to make sure that your experience is a positive one. Be sure to check out these factors before committing to a new dentist:

  • Where were they educated/trained? Have they taken any continuing education courses?

  • Do they provide the dental services that you need?

  • What are their previous patients saying about their experiences online? Are they positive?

What to Look for in a Dental Practice

Once you schedule an appointment with a new dentist, pay close attention to how the dental practice is run and makes you feel. Establishing a relationship with a dental team is important, so their office should be a place that is professional and welcoming. Some things to look for in a dental practice include:

  • Is the office clean, neat, and orderly?

  • Is the staff helpful and willing to answer your questions?

  • Are the location and office hours convenient?

  • Do they accept your insurance plan?

Meet the Dentist

Whether you need a specific dental procedure or are due for a routine checkup, meeting your new dentist first is a good idea. Don't be afraid to call or visit the office to speak directly to the dentist before scheduling an appointment. This is a great time to bring up any questions or concerns.

Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment at Ryba Dentistry

Finding a dentist you trust and feel comfortable with can make going to the dentist regularly less stressful and ensure that your oral health stays in great condition. If your family is searching for a new dental office to call home, Dr. Ryba and his compassionate team are eager to show you how pleasant going to the dentist can be. We're proud to use modern techniques and state-of-the-art equipment and provide friendly care that will exceed your expectations. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation at one of our dental clinics in Ohio City and Seven Hills. Let us give you a reason to smile!


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.


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