Jacksonville Dentists

Speciality: Dentist

6144 Gazebo Park Pl S Ste 210, Jacksonville, FL, 32257

(904) 560-6317

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Dr. Patel’s philosophy of practicing dentistry is putting the patient first. Too often in the healthcare community, patients are not recognized as people and are simply treated for the problems that arise in the scope of the practice. Dr. Patel believes it is vital to... More
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How to Choose a Jacksonville Dentist

  1. Ask for Recommendations: Start by asking friends, family members, coworkers, or your primary care physician for recommendations. Personal experiences and referrals can be valuable in finding a reliable dentist.
  2. Research Online: Look up dentists in your area and read reviews on websites like Google, Yelp, Healthgrades, or Zocdoc. Reviews can provide insights into the experiences of other patients.
  3. Check Qualifications: Verify the dentist’s credentials. Make sure they are licensed to practice dentistry in your state and check if they are a member of reputable dental associations like the American Dental Association (ADA).
  4. Consider Specializations: If you have specific dental needs or concerns, consider dentists who specialize in those areas, such as orthodontics, periodontics, or oral surgery.
  5. Location and Office Hours: Choose a dentist with a convenient location, especially if you’ll be visiting regularly. Also, consider their office hours to ensure they align with your schedule.
  6. Insurance and Payment Options: If you have dental insurance, make sure the dentist accepts your insurance plan. Additionally, inquire about their payment policies, available payment options, and whether they offer financing for more extensive procedures.
  7. Initial Consultation: Schedule a consultation or a simple check-up appointment. This will give you a chance to meet the dentist, observe the cleanliness and organization of the office, and gauge your comfort level with the dentist and staff.
  8. Ask Questions: During the consultation, don’t hesitate to ask questions about the dentist’s experience, the types of services they provide, their approach to patient care, and any concerns you might have about your oral health.
  9. Hygiene and Safety: Pay attention to the cleanliness of the office and the hygiene practices they follow. A clean and well-maintained environment is crucial for your safety.
  10. Communication Style: A good dentist should be a good communicator. They should listen to your concerns, explain treatment options clearly, and provide information about maintaining oral health.
  11. Emergency Care: Inquire about their policy for handling dental emergencies outside of regular office hours. It’s important to know where to turn if you face a dental issue that requires immediate attention.
  12. Gut Feeling: Trust your instincts. Choose a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and who makes you feel at ease. A positive and trusting relationship is essential for ongoing dental care.