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Dentist Search Tips from West Des Moines

There are any number of reasons why you might be in the market for a new dentist. Perhaps you’re new to the area. Maybe your dentist has retired or moved on. You might have grown to dislike your current dentist. No matter the reason why you need one, finding a new dentist requires more research than simply running a Google search. Your West Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains what you should look for when choosing your next family dentist.

Know What Services You Are Looking For?

Dentists offer many different services, so you should consider your needs. Most general dentists will offer basic checkups and cleanings. Some will be happy to see your kids, while others treat adults exclusively. Many offer cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening or dental veneers. Some use sedation dentistry to treat nervous patients. With such a wide array of services and procedures, you should decide if you’re looking for one dentist for everything you want or need, or would rather have multiple specialists.

Check Background and Qualifications

Most dentists are highly qualified to perform excellent work, but there some should be avoided.  You can check online message boards and review websites, but you should take anonymous Internet reviews—both positive and negative—with a grain of salt. To see if any formal complaints have been filed, contact your state’s dental board. Finally, check the courthouse to learn if the dentist has been subject to any malpractice lawsuits.

Schedule an Interview

Given both the importance and the expense of dental care, you need to feel comfortable with your dentist before you begin any work. Many dentists will allow you to schedule a consultation before checkups or treatments. At this interview, ask the dentist about his or her qualifications and experience. Find out how much continuing education he or she receives a year. Ask about how up-to-date the office is, in terms of dental technology. Learn about the education levels and experience of the dentist’s staff. If the dentist is a cosmetic dentist, ask about testimonials, as well as to see before-and-after photos. If, at the end of the interview, if you don’t feel completely comfortable with that dentist, find a different one.

Consider Us in West Des Moines

If you are in the 50266 area and are in the market for a new family dentist, we hope you consider Valley Ridge Family Dental. Contact our office by calling (515) 223-9764 to schedule an appointment today. We proudly serve families from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm