Moving to a new area is challenging in many ways. Finding new drycleaners, hairdressers as well as medical professionals, including a dentist, is one of them.
Almost 50% of consumers do not have a general dentist. If you are among them, you may have difficulty receiving prompt treatment or medication when you are experiencing the sudden onset of severe dental pain. Most dentists would agree that regular visits to the dental office for preventive treatment will safeguard against unexpected dental traumas. Problems can be diagnosed and treated when they are small before they become big problems causing excruciating pain. A general dentist takes care of your oral health, which is crucial for your total health.
So how do you find a good dentist?
You can search the web and check out the listings in the phone book’s yellow pages.
Family, friends, neighbors or co-workers are easily accessible sources for recommendations, and you can ask them what they like about the dentist and the office they use.
The absolute best source of information, however, to find a good dentist in the area you live in, is the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Why? The AGD requires its members to participate in 75 hours of voluntary continuing education every three years. Surveys show that members actually average more than 40 hours each year.
Since AGD-members stay up-to-date on the latest procedures, they are better able to offer you and your family a variety of treatment choices and the highest quality of dental care.
The AGD awards two designations to its members” “Fellow” and “Master” of the AGD.
Fellows “FAGD” have completed a minimum of 500 continuing education hours, passed a comprehensive exam and have been members of the Academy of General Dentistry for three continuous years. Masters “MAGD” have earned an additional 600 continuing dental education credits and have completed a structured and demanding set of requirements. Dr. Richard V. Grubb is a Master of the AGD, is board certified in Implant Dentistry and has been recognized by the Maryland Senate as a “Master Clinical Dentist”.
For more information, visit www.agd.org .