How to Find the Best Dentist Near Me

Dr. Christopher Li Etobicoke - Li Family Dental

By Dr. Christopher Li, DDS

June 18, 2019

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Whether you have just moved to a new neighbourhood, are looking for a family-friendly dentist now that you have kids or are in need of urgent dental care, searching for a dentist can be a challenge.

The chances are that there are dozens of dental clinics located in your area, which makes sorting through your options a little overwhelming. That can leave you asking the question, “How can I find the best dentist near me?” Here are some ideas to help in your search.

Ask for Recommendations

Recommendations are always your best search option as you will know first hand whether or not the dentist has a good reputation. Don’t be afraid to ask around and find names of dentists who come highly recommended by co-workers, parents at your kids’ school, friends, and relatives. If you are new to an area, neighbours are also an excellent source for this type of information.

Ask for a Referral

If the only reason you are looking for a new dentist is that you’re moving, ask your current dentist if they can provide a referral to one of their colleagues in your new neighbourhood. That is an excellent way to be introduced to a new dental team, and that recommendation is coming from a professional you trust.

Professional Listings

Each province has its own websites to help patients find a local dentist. Open Care allows you to enter your postal code and answer a few simple questions before directing you to the dentists in your area. The dentists are searched based on the criteria you select as well as the best dentists complete with ratings.

Online Search

Google makes it easier to search for local services thanks to its geolocation feature. Just enter “the best dentists” in the search field with your postal code, and you will see a list pop up. You can also use your area instead of your postal code, such as “Etobicoke,” if you prefer to see a longer list.

Search Review Sites

Review sites range from professional sites, such as Open Care, to generalized sites, such as Yelp. You can scroll down the list and look for the dental office closest to you while also looking at the ratings. Don’t jump on the first name you see. Instead, read through a few of the comments to find dentists with the qualities that are important to you.

Start Calling Top Picks

Once you have a selection of potential dentists, don’t immediately call to book an appointment. Instead, take time to make some calls to each dental office to learn more about what they offer. Your best-case scenario should include:

  • Excellent service on the phone
  • The chance to visit the office for a tour
  • A dental consultation with the dentist to ask questions and make sure you feel comfortable with the dentist and team

These calls will help you find a dental office with the qualities and environment best suited to your needs.

Give us a call to schedule a dental consultation and tour at 416-232-2033.

Dr. Christopher Li, DDS

About the author

Doctor Christopher Li, DDS
Dr. Chris, as he is affectionately known, is a licensed dentist with over 20 years experience. His caring personality makes even the most tentative person at ease. Patients are constantly commenting about how Dr. Chris is incredible at delivering pain-free freezing, and how he has an amazing chair-side manner.  Dr. Chris loves sharing information with his patients and everyone who has teeth about how to care for their teeth, avoid tooth decay, and the treatments available to help them overcome their tooth pain or other dental issues so they can enjoy life and food to its fullest!

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