A good dentist you enjoy means better health for a lifetime.

At Bloomington Modern Dentistry, we know how important it is to have a great relationship with your dental care team. We want you and your family to feel comfortable asking questions and coming to us for your dental care.

When it comes to dental care, having a good dentist and dental care team is essential. You need regular care for your teeth and gums, and building a strong relationship with a good dentist is part of getting the best routine care possible. But more importantly, seeing the same dentist and dental care team means that these people know you and your teeth. If something seems off or if they notice any small signs something could be wrong, they can treat these problems before they become emergencies or you end up losing teeth.

A good dentist should make you feel comfortable and inspire trust. If you see these qualities in your dentist or observe these things in your dentist’s office then you know you’re seeing a good dentist:

1. Friendly, Happy Team Members

The care team at the dentist’s office who will be taking care of you and doing your dental cleanings are an important part of the experience of getting dental care. But more than that, you can tell a lot about the dentist by how happy their team members are. If the team members are friendly and seem like they are happy to be there, that says that the dentist treats them fairly and values their work.

2. A Welcoming Atmosphere

The dentist’s office should be warm and welcoming, not cold and sterile. Pay attention to the space and what’s in it. If the office is warm and welcoming with comfy chairs, a play space for kids, and soothing artwork or paint colors, that means that the dentist has put some thought and care into making sure that patients are comfortable there. The treatment rooms should be professional and clean, but they should also offer music, TV, and other distractions to make dental care more relaxing for people that get anxious at the dentist’s office.

3. Modern Technology

Good dentists always keep up with modern technological and industry advances that make dental care better and more comfortable for patients. At Bloomington Modern Dentistry, we are proud to use the latest dental technology to provide the best possible care.

4. Great Reviews

When someone loves their dentist, they will tell you, and if they don’t like their dentist, they will really tell you. Read the reviews of any dentist that you are considering to see what experiences other people in the community have had. If a dentist has good reviews from your friends and neighbors, you can trust that’s a good dentist.

5. High Quality Dental Care

You can judge for yourself if the care that you and your family receives is high quality. But you can also get a second opinion if you really want to be sure that the care you received from a dentist was the best quality care.

6. Expert Training and Years of Experience

Expertise matters. A good dentist should have advanced education and years of experience providing dental care. The best dentists participate in continuing education to make sure that they are current in the latest dental techniques and technologies. Good dentists also send their team members to continuing education to make sure that everyone in the practice is keeping up with trends.

7. Great Communication

You should never be afraid to ask your dentist or their dental team questions about your appointments, their credentials, or anything related to dental health. Good dentists encourage patients to ask questions. They also will explain procedures in detail before they start and make sure that you are comfortable throughout the appointment. For example, your dentist and dental care team should be paying attention to any non-verbal signs that you or your child are distressed while receiving dental care and they should respond in a calming way.

8. A Range of Dental Care Services

A good dentist should provide a range of dental care services for you and your family. Of course there are some instances where you might need to see a specialist, but, in general, a good dentist should be your one stop shop for all the dental care that you need. For example, at Bloomington Modern Dentistry, Dr. Baker and Dr. Stimmel provide a range of services from general dentistry to implants and dentures to veneers, night guards and more.

Choosing a dentist is a big decision for you and your family, but by using the tips outlined here, you will get a good sense of whether the dentist is right for your family. Please call us with any questions that you have about your dental health or to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!