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The top 8 best tips – finding a new dentist in Florida

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


Sunshine State

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

Florida Moving? Beware the sharks…circling


Beware! Some South Florida Moving companies…are unethical.

Who knew?

Just the facts:

Mr and Mrs. J. report they interviewed three local So Floria Moving Companies:

#1.Company was way too flaky and 1) got their names wrong and 2) assumed they were moving an erroneous city a 1000 miles from their true destination, Tustin CA  vs Tucson, AZ. 3.) The Quote was 50% higher than other bids and riddled with errors. Very scary. Next!

#2. Company – The Estimator came-looked, left a bid and left….He promised to pick up in three days…and he was gone. Bam!  Waitaminute! Not only unprofessional – bizarre.

However, there was no Agreement.

The man failed to provide: documents – legally- had to signed, scanned, and returned…all dates, times, prices needed to be confirmed, a contract was needed and…truth be told, that pesky driver needed to be located. They never heard from the guy again.

#3. Mayflower came, inventoried, explained, provided estimate, required a signature, emailed the contract, inventory, weight, projected move and delivery date, explained insurance, stood behind his company – promised ethics and honesty. He followed up with a total of five phone calls to confirm he would pack, mirrors, glass table tops, beds.
His move manager called and sent confirmation of transaction – confirmed driver Eta.
Driver called night before to confirm arrival next day.
The Driver and team showed up – on time- packed up and ten days later delivered the possessions.


Florida Code of Ethics? Turns out…some Florida Moving Companies are actually known to show up at your residence without a contract!  Incredible, right?

Mr and Mrs J said they were aghast whena truck from  Company#2 appeared on moving day – –  and announced they were “moving the couple.”  There was no communication with the company after the estimate. There were No Documents, no agreement, and no follow up..however, they showed out of the blue.

The aggressive driver in a shuck and jive kind of way…”We are here to move you!”

Oh, no you are not…like sharks – circling the neighborhoods…the unethical company driving around the neighborhood…was ready to prey and pounce.


Sharks in the water

Movers in Florida sink to new depths to get business

beware the nefarious moving companies…bait and switch would be

refreshing – by contrast.

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