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Choosing the Right Local Dentist

Although we may be a tad biased when it comes to the best local dentist in Lafayette, if you ever move to a new city, state, or country, then you’ll have to find a brand new dentist.
A simple Google search of “family dentist near me,” or even “affordable dentist near me,” may not always give you the best results to take into consideration. Searching online for dentists near your new location is a great start, but there are a few more extra steps that you can take when it comes to finding that perfect match:
  1. Find them on Facebook

Social media is a great avenue when it comes to leaving good or bad reviews for companies, products, and especially local services. Upon finding a dentist that you’d like to know more about, navigate to their Facebook page and take a glance at the reviews. Make sure that the reviews are relevant and recent, and see how they measure up when it comes to the number of positive reviews vs. negative reviews. While you’re on the page, see if they post about their staff, services, or their lead dentist! You’ll be able to get a general feel for the dentistry from how they present themselves online.
  1. Ask friends, family, and co-workers in the area for recommendations

If you decide to move to a new location near your friends or family members, then perhaps ask them which dentist they go to and why. They’ll be able to give you a detailed run-down of their thoughts on their dentist and whether it fits with your desired criteria upfront. If you’re moving to a place where you do not have any friends or family locally, then maybe reach out to your new co-workers! Not only is it a great way to break the ice, but you’ll be able to get proper recommendations from reliable sources.
  1. Inquire about insurance

Insurance is one of the most important components when it comes to finding a new local dentist. Most dentists do not accept all insurances, so it’s always a good idea to call and inquire when choosing the right one. In some cases, dentists will offer certain plans that still allow clients to use their services, regardless of insurance options. Our Smile Advantage Plan, for example, was designed with people in mind. This plan includes perks such as 2 cleanings per year and is the perfect option for those who do not have dental insurance.
  1. Keep the type of dentist in mind

Pediatric dentists are different from general dentists, as well as family dentists. Summed up, a pediatric dentist is for children from adolescence to high school. Some teenagers may choose to stay with their pediatric dentist through college, but most will transition to a general dentistry at age 18. Dentistries such as ours take away this transition, as we are a family dentistry. Family dentists accept all ages and can be your dentist for your entire lifetime! When moving to a new location with your family, a family dentistry may be your best option. You’ll be able to build a strong relationship with your dentist, and your children won’t have to transition over as they become young adults. 
Searching for a brand new dentist may seem like an intimidating process, but you’ll be glad when it’s all said and done! Upon checking social media, asking your comrades for recommendations, inquiring about insurance, and identifying the type of dentist you desire, you’ll be able to find a local dentist that keeps your teeth clean and your peace of mind at bay.
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