Tip Sheet: dental treatments

The best way to find a good dentist you can trust and like is by word-of-mouth. Ask friends, family and colleagues about their dentist and their dentist's approach.

Your first visit to a new dentist is crucial. A new dentist may be more inclined to treat more aggressively rather than taking a wait-and-see approach.

Ask what kind of philosophy a dentist or dental practice has: conservative or more aggressive. 

If your dentist suggests a treatment and you have any doubt, ask questions. Ask them to show you and explain why it should be done and how it will be done.

Make sure your dentist explains the difference between necessary procedures and cosmetic or optional procedures.

If a dentist is reluctant to suggest a treatment plan without first seeing your insurance coverage, that could be a red flag.