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Finding a Dentist...

I'm often asked, "How do I know if I have a good dentist?"  Here's a guide to help you select or evaluate your dentist:


*You want somebody who will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. You've got to find a dentist who has this important philosophy.


*Look for a dentist who maintains a clean office, a neat and personable staff, and is personally well-groomed.


*Look for thoroughness. Expect your dentist to give you a complete mouth exam of your gums, lips, tongue, salivary glands, and much more. This is an oral cancer screening, and an evaluation of your associated mouth structures.


*Your dentist should take x-rays. With modern equipment and techniques,

dental x-rays are safe and pose no danger to you.


*Expect that somewhere early in your visit, your dentist will take the time to sit and talk with you about your dental concerns. As a patient, you have a right to all of the facts.


*Look for a dentist whose "on time" record respects your valuable time. Except

for emergencies your dentist's "on time" record should be very good.


*Look for a dentist who will properly maintain your investment through periodic

re-examinations. We call this preventive maintenance.


*Expect to know your financial involvement and make arrangements prior to any treatment. You should not proceed with involved treatment without an estimate.


*A treatment plan and estimate can only be rendered after a complete examination.


Again, use these guidelines to assist you in selecting or evaluating your dentist. The American Dental Association maintains a complete library of consumer educational material that any member dentist can provide for you.



Thank you for visiting our website and WE WELCOME NEW PATIENTS.


Phil Batton DDS

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