When moving—especially to a new state—there are many different things (aside from your own possessions) you’ll have to transition as you settle in your new location. One of those items is choosing a new dentist in your new town. By using online resources, speaking with locals, and being proactive in your research, you can ensure that you find a dentist that’s the right fit for you and your family in your new town.
Here are 5 tips for switching dentists when you move:
1. Ask For A Recommendation
The first tip for switching dentists when you move is to ask for a recommendation from your current dentist. Your dentist will be a great resource when it comes to recommending dentists they know in your new town, or using their relationships with other dentists to find a recommendation for you. By getting a recommendation, you can ensure that you find a new dentist that is compatible with your oral care needs, making your move all the more seamless.
2. Look For Certifications
Another tip for switching dentists is to look for certifications online. Most practicing dentists will be a member of the ADA—American Dental Association which validates that they are a legally-practiced and accredited dentist. You should also look for association certifications within the state that you’re moving to. For example, Michigan has the Michigan Dental Association, which many dentists in the state of Michigan have joined. Each state dental association ensures that the dentist adheres to the Code of Ethics established by the American and their state Dental Association.
3. Check Reviews From Current Patients
Looking at reviews of current patients can also give you a good idea if the dentist(s) you’re considering will be a good fit for you and your family. Reviews can give you insights about a variety of aspects of the dentist’s office other than just their credentials. It will tell you about how the dentist treats their patients, the office atmosphere and other qualities that are important to you in a dental office.
4. Consider Your Family Members' Dental Needs
Another tip to consider when switching dentists for a move is to know if you want a general dentist or need a specialist. For example if you have young kids, you’ll want to choose a dentist that is compatible and accommodating for small children. Another consideration for your family will be your dental needs. If you or your children will need work such as braces in the future you should look for recommendations on orthodontists.
5. Get Your Family’s Records Transferred
The last and most important tip for switching dentists is to have all of your family’s dental records transferred. Detailed dental records will help transition to a new dentist more seamlessly because it will allow the new dentist to easily identify any previous problem areas and issues that need special attention in the future. This will help prevent long term issues from going unnoticed or confusion about what’s been done in the past.
Overall, when moving, changing dentists doesn’t have to be a headache. Doing your research and using the recommendations from your current dentist will allow you to find a dentist that a good match for you and your family. If you are moving to the west Michigan region, consider making Dater Dentistry your home dental office. Contact us today or request an appointment if you have any questions.