How Can I See A Dentist?

Launch the Search

  • The ADA’s Find-A-Dentist tool. Search by name and, location and specialty.
  • Your local dental society.
  • A trusted friend or relative.
  • If you don’t have benefits or have trouble affording dental services, your local health department or nearby dental schools can help you find care.

How do I find the right dentist for me?

Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist.

  1. Ask your friends, family or co-workers. Chances are one of them has a great dentist they can recommend.
  2. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist.
  3. If you are moving, ask your current dentist for a recommendation.
  4. Visit the American Dental Association (ADA) website at

When should I see a dentist for tooth pain?

When should you see a dentist about a toothache immediately?

  • Pain persists.
  • Inflammation increases.
  • Swelling occurs around face or jaw.
  • Redness occurs around the gums.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Fever, earache, or pain in mouth.
  • You’ve suffered a recent trauma to the mouth or face.
  • Dry eyes or mouth.

Why is seeing a dentist important?

Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During the dental check up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas. During the cleaning, your dental professional will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth.

What does a dentist do on your first visit?

The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. If indicated, the dentist or hygienist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. He or she will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions.

How do I find a trustworthy dentist?

When finding the right dentist, make sure you consider these five things.

  1. Find a dentist with a good reputation.
  2. Check your state dental board.
  3. Interview your dentist.
  4. Ask friends and family about their dentist.
  5. 5. Make sure your dentist meets your needs.

What qualities should a dentist have?

Having a willingness to learn new things and a desire to improve your skills is a great trait. Compassion and honesty: A good dentist is also honest and compassionate. Dental problems can affect many areas of a person’s life, and dentists need to be sensitive to the problems caused by poor dental health.

Can a toothache kill you?

While a toothache in and of itself will not kill you, an untreated infection — anywhere on your body — could. So yes, in this roundabout way, if you have a toothache that is caused by infection, the infection itself can possibly be fatal if it’s left untreated.

What will a dentist do for tooth pain?

Hold a cold pack (wrapped in a towel) next to the painful tooth until you can see the dentist. The cold may reduce some of the inflammation. Take an analgesic (pain reliever) such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Ask your dentist how much medication you should take.

Why is my tooth throbbing?

Throbbing tooth pain is a sign that you might have tooth damage. Tooth decay or a cavity can give you a toothache. Throbbing tooth pain can also happen if there is an infection in the tooth or in the gums surrounding it. Toothaches are typically caused by an infection or inflammation in the tooth.

What can I expect at a dental check up?

At each check-up, your dentist should:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • Discuss a date for your next visit.

Should you go to the dentist every 6 months?

Every person, whether you have good teeth or not, whether your gums are healthy or not, whether you build up a lot of plaque and tartar or not, whether you are the world’s best brusher and flosser, or not. That’s right, everyone needs to see the dentist every 6 months.

How often should you see a dentist?

Dental Visits for Adults

Your dentist can advise you how often you need to visit based on your oral and general health and your risk factors for tooth decay and gum disease. For example, an adult with good oral hygiene and no problems at checkups may need to come in once or twice a year.