When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s important to keep in mind the number of teeth your doctor has.
“A good dentist has the experience, knowledge and the knowledge to give you the highest quality care,” says Dr. Rebecca Koss, an associate professor of pediatrics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
That means you should take into consideration the dentist’s qualifications, experience and professional background when selecting a dentist.
Here are some common things to consider when choosing a dentist: Salary: While most dentists are paid in the $25,000 to $50,000 range, there are some exceptions.
“It’s very hard to know how much you can afford to pay for a dentist who doesn’t have any experience,” Koss says.
“The general rule is you should try to pay less than what your dentist charges for a similar experience.”
For example, Koss suggests paying $50 per day, or $1,000 for a year.
That would put your dental appointment between $600 and $2,000 per year.
Cost: For an office visit, you can expect to pay between $15 to $20 per visit.
For a full-on check-up, you might expect to have to pay around $10,000.
For additional care, such as dental work, that might cost more than $25 per visit, Kross says.
Age: Many dentists, particularly those who specialize in kids, are older than average.
“As a result, it is much harder to make the kind of dentures that people like,” Kross adds.
“You want to be able to get a dental procedure done in your age range and you want a dentist with the skills and experience to make it happen.”
How to find a good dentist in your area: The best way to get your teeth checked is by a licensed dentist, but many people don’t know that.
The National Dental Association recommends getting a dental examination by an oral surgeon.
“We recommend dental exams done by a dental surgeon, and we have information online that will help you decide what you should expect,” Dr. Mark D. Littman, an orthodontist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, says.
While you may not have to wait in line for an appointment with your dentist, Littmans recommendation is to wait as long as possible.
“If you can wait 30 to 60 minutes, that’s not a bad idea,” he says.
To find an office near you, check out the Mayo Clinics directory.
For more information on choosing a dental care provider, read “Finding the right dentist is about much more than what you see.”