Top 8 tips for selecting a new dentist: beware the red flags
New in town and looking for a dentist? We all know the 1-800 ads on TV are a flim-flam-scam, right? Caveat Emptor. Statistically, 1000 people move to the perpetual Sunshine State of Florida every day. Chances are they will be looking for a new complement of doctors – including a new dentist.
If you’re like me, you’ve had the same set of doctors for a couple of decades- tried and true, honest and then, bam! Here you are – starting anew. How hard could it be to find a new DDS, right? It is a Herculean task. Get your head examined before this dental exam
Pay close attention to these eight red flags when looking for new dentist in South Florida:
1.) Check out the dentist’s website – Is it full of flashing lights, long lists of potential procedures- lightening, brightening, Botox, Chemical Peels, braces? Does it look like a flashy boutique or a dental office? Is there a neon sign stating: Se habla español, French Canadian, and Urdu?
2.) If the office sends you a six-page questionnaire – pause. Some South Florida dentist’s charge a whopping $90 consultation fee to review that questionnaire. Fifteen minutes: $90? Go figure.
3.) Ka-ching! If the doctor owns his own building, is a solo practitioner, and has a private parking lot, wide-screen Tv’s in every room – I’ll let you guess who’s paying for that.
4.) There is no free…If you’re offered coffee or tea upon arrival in the office- guess who’s paying for that?
5.) Coming up roses? If after the procedure, you’re offered a long-stem pink rose… ask yourself that same nagging question.
6.) If after the procedure that Dr. says, “0h, by the way, now that I’m done, you might need a root canal on that tooth. How about a little bit of Botox? Pause. See those red flags?
7.) Hidden Fees? If you think that $90 consultation fee before the procedure is a little- shall we say, redundant and inappropriate – and you ask for it to be waived in light of the costly procedure and they say, “No.” Pay attention to that.
8.) Hit me again? If the nurse tells you that your next appointment will cost an additional $130, just to inspect your mouth – big Red flag.
An older, wiser, dentist commented that these extraneous charges and multiple bells and whistles are because that DDS is new and paying off his extraordinarily high tuition fees – or he has a new, second – or third wife.
Beware of the sharks…
A bit of Botox while you get your teeth cleaned?
Mais oui! We do it all…Cavities and Chemical Peels- a deal!
Dr Beri Beri