Choosing the right dentist for you and your family is a very personal choice, however, there are some factors that are universal. Here are just a few things we think you should consider: The Basics When looking for a good dentist, focus on the standard of care and making sure that they are practicing under these guidelines which include ethics, infection control, and other standards involved in your dental treatment. Dental Hygienists Not all dentists work with hygienists. If a practice does not have dental hygienists, it could indicate that they are new and still growing their patient database. In this case, the dentist may perform their own cleanings. This can be a pro or a con, depending on your comfort level. How Long Will It Take If you are looking for a new dentist, ask how long a typical cleaning appointment is at their office. The average cleaning appointment is about 45 minutes long. You may also want to ask what the average wait time is, and when the best times to book an appointment are. X-Ray Schedule Ask the provider how often they do x-rays. The answer should not be whatever your insurance covers them! Most healthy people need checkup x-rays about once a year and then a full mouth x-ray or a pan every three to five years. However, this should be based on your needs/and periodontal history, not based on when the office can collect insurance money. Infection Control infection control should be number one above everything else – especially now. The office should be overall clean and tidy. The dental providers should be wearing proper protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and face shields.