How To Choose The Right Dentist

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Dr. Jerry L. Foxx offers insider tips on what to look for when choosing a new dentist

Summer’s over and it’s that time of year again when everyone gets back in the swing of things. With school starting and work picking up, there’s no better time to head into the dentist for your yearly maintenance or to get those pesky problem teeth fixed. But, how do you choose the right dentist? Check out the tips below and find out:

“I’ve always said that finding the right dentist, is a lot like finding the perfect partner in life,” states Dr. Jerry L. Foxx. “You want someone kind, caring, that will meet your needs and will make it easy for you to have the best experience possible. It’s more important than ever to do the research and check out the dentist you are considering to make sure you find just the right doctor. These tips below should certainly help you move in the right direction.”

What Kind of Dentist Do You Need?
Not all dentists are created equal. There are many different distinctions within the dental community such as family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgeons etc. Doing a little research ahead of time to find the right type of dentist, will dramatically cut down the amount of time you spend on your search and help you get exactly what you need.

Always Check Their Credentials
There’s no substitute for experience and the proper credentials when it comes to working with any health professional and dentists are no exception. Be sure to ask how long the dentist has been in practice, what is his/her specialty, where did they receive their training and for referrals of current patients you can contact to get the “insider scoop”. Another great tip when looking for the insider scoop, is to check out websites like Yelp, City search, Facebook, etc. for the dentist/dental office and read the reviews and information that has been posted.

Ask About Insurance Acceptance and Payment Options
Let’s face it, no matter what kind of dentist you are looking for if they don’t take your insurance or provide you with a payment plan that meets your needs, then why would you choose them. In tough economic times like these, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your financial requirements are being met, along with your health needs.

Check Out The Location and Hours
No matter how great the dentist and staff is at the office you have chosen, if you can never get there, it’s just not going to work. Be sure to check out the office location, hours of operation and figure out how easy it will be for you to make your appointment.

Do A “Drop By” Visit
Stopping by the office of your potential new dentist can tell you a lot of about how the office is run and whether not you will be comfortable there. Check out the environment, the facilities and see exactly what you will be experiencing. Every office is different and you want to make sure you pick the best possible option for you.

Set Up A Consultation
“One of the worst mistakes many people make, is just assuming that they will be pleased with the doctor and the staff when they are choosing a new dentist,” continues Dr. Foxx. “Your oral health is an important part of your overall health and should not be taken lightly. It is always great to set up a consultation ahead of your appointment to get your questions answered, meet the staff and dentist and check out the office. This will only take a few minutes of your time but will help you to make one of the most informed and educated decisions.”

Check For Patient Comfort Services
Going to the dentist for most people is a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. Be sure to ask in advance if your dentist offers patient comfort services, such as nitrous oxide to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Some offices even provide complimentary wellness services such as aromatherapy, hot towels, etc to take that next step in the ultimate in patient care.

Inquire About Additional Services
It’s always a good idea to ask about what additional services are available from your dentist. After all it’s a fair amount of work to choose just the perfect dentist for you, so why not choose one that will meet yours and your family’s potential needs through out the years. Then you’ll be all set for years to come.

Find Out How Long It Takes To Get An Appointment
Now that you have chosen a dentist, one of the most frustrating things at many places can be trying to get an appointment. Wait times typically range from 2 months to a year in some cases and for most people that’s just too long. After all, you wouldn’t be looking for a dentist in most cases if you didn’t need one right away.

“Having been in practice for more than 25 years, I have come to not only understand the importance of patient’s time but to value it,” continues Dr. Foxx. “It is of the utmost importance to our practice that our patients never wait more that 10 or 15 minutes when they arrive and we can schedule most appointments within the same week. One of our highest priorities is to be convenient for the patient and there when they need us.”

About Foxx Dental Care
Foxx Dental Care, lead by Dr. Jerry L. Foxx, and located in Arlington, Texas, truly has a passion for dental wellness that goes beyond your typical run of the mill dental centers. From the moment you step into Foxx Dental Care you are welcomed with a serene spa like environment that pleases your mind and senses. At Foxx Dental Care, our patients are more than just another number or file on the shelf; they’re our friends, family and community. Dr. Foxx’s compassionate and knowledgeable team provide each of their patients with a complete dental wellness program to improve their oral health and to enhance their smiles and lives. At Foxx Dental care, education and prevention are the cornerstones of their philosophy. They believe that dental wellness is just one aspect of the mind-body wellness connection and aim to help their patients be the best they possibly can be. Find them today at or give them a call at 817-375-0400.


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