If you are new to the area, or if you can’t remember the last time you went to a dentist and know it’s time for a checkup, you may find yourself looking for a new dentist. You’ll probably want to ‘shop’ around a bit until you find a dental clinic that you feel comfortable with. You want a dentist that you have a great rapport with, who offers services that you need in a clean, comfortable office. Read on to learn some tips and tricks to help you find a new dentist in no time!

Check local listings

You can start off by doing a quick Google search, or checking a local online dental directory to find dental clinics in your area. It’s generally a good idea to find an office that is near your home, work or school. You will be more likely to maintain regular dental visits if getting to your dentist doesn’t require a long commute. If you choose a dentist that is close to your work, you can book your cleanings and exams before or after work or during a break. This way you won’t have to take a whole day off work for a dental visit. In addition to location, check the hours of the dental clinic to ensure that it works with your schedule.

Ask about services

While all dentists need to provide general dentistry services such as cleanings and exams, composite filling and root canals, many dentists will have a special. If you are looking for a specific service, such as cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics, then it may be a good idea to find a dentist who specializes in that area of dentistry.

Visit the office

Before you book your first appointment, you may want to visit the dental office you’re considering in person. This way you’ll get a chance to meet the dental team, including hygienists and office staff, and help you get a feel for the office environment.

Other considerations

So you’ve found a dentist that you love, who’s in a great location at a clean and friendly office. Before you book that first appointment, consider how your situation may change in the future. Do you have a partner, or are you planning on having children? Many families find it easier to have one dentist for all members of the family. If this is the case for you, make sure your partner gets a chance to visit the office, and find out whether they offer pediatric dentistry.

Your dental health is important, not just for your smile but for your overall health. Finding a dentist you are comfortable with and maintaining regular dental visits is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you live in North Vancouver and are looking for a new dentist, call or drop by our office. We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have.


Valley Centre Dental Group

300-1200 Lynn Valley Road

North Vancouver, BC V7J 2A2

Phone: (604) 980-2648

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