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         <p>Our teeth are meant to be permanent, but to keep them healthy
we have to care for them regularly. And that means having regular
checkups to spot problems before they become serious. Naturally we all
want to think our family dentist is the best around–really, who would
be happy thinking their dentist was the worst in town? But, you don't
just have to think it. There are ways of choosing a family dentist that
assures you of their qualifications and competence.</p>
<p><strong>How To Research A Family Dentist</strong></p>
<p>The most common method of choosing a dentist is word of mouth. Most of
us ask our friends if they would recommend their own dentists. But that
may not always be enough information.</p>
<p>We tend to assume that our <a rel="nofollow"
onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
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href="http://www.indianasmiledesigners.com/family-dentistry.html">family
dentist</a> has the necessary training, credentials and licensing. But,
let's be honest. Someone had to graduate at the bottom of the class. Not
every graduate has chosen the field best suited to his natural talents,
and many are not happy with their profession. So, look for efforts that
go beyond a degree and licensure. Find out about your prospective family
dentist's affiliations and professional record and whether that dentist
is a member in good standing of professional associations such as
the:</p>
<ul>
<li>American Dental Assoc., ADA</li>
<li>American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, AACP</li>
<li>Academy of General Dentistry, AGA</li>
<li>Dental Organization of Conscious Sedation, DOCS</li>
<li>American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, AACD</li>
<li>International Assoc. of Comprehensive Aesthetic, IACA</li>
<li>International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedic, ICCMO</li>
<li>State or local Dental Association</li>
</ul>
<p>Also find out:</p>
<ul>
<li>If this dentist is currently licensed and the license is in good
standing (not inactive, pending a hearing, suspended, revoked, or
licensed in another state only, etc.)</li>
<li>Where they received their degree and if they attend continuing
education programs beyond those required to maintain licensure.</li>
<li>Has no history of lawsuits. If there are any, how many, what for and
what were the settlements.</li>
<li>Is an active member of community organizations. This indicates that
he gives back to the community that supports his practice and
livelihood.</li>
<li>Is this family dentist focused on <a rel="nofollow"
onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
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href="http://www.indianasmiledesigners.com/blog.html">preventative dental
care</a> as much as curative? </li>
</ul>
<p>Check the<a rel="nofollow"
onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
'/outgoing/article_exit_link/2152778']);"
href="http://www.indianasmiledesigners.com/">websites of each family
dentist</a> you are considering. Compare their training, services and
testimonials. Some dentists don't have websites, so go to their offices
and ask for any brochures they have, especially material that describes
their practice (as compared to manufacturers' promotional materials.)</p>
<p>Finally, if your dentist recommends expensive treatment, or treatment
that you are not convinced is necessary, DO go to the expense of getting
a second opinion from another dentist. Don't let the second dentist know
you are looking for a second opinion before he gives his. You want an
objective opinion of the need for the procedure as well as cost
comparison. You only get one set of permanent teeth. One they've been
altered or removed, your options are limited and expensive. Make sure you
get care when you need it, refuse care when you don't and be wise enough
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