5 tips on choosing a dentist! #MetlifeTDP

by Melissa

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation”

If you have been reading for a bit then you know we pcsed (a military move) last year. Now that we have been here for several months it is time to find a new dentist. I’ll be honest, I have a strong dislike for changing doctors. Unfortunately in the military you don’t have much choice in the matter. Since we have been through this step several times in the past and are going through it yet again; I feel like I have some pretty good tips for choosing a dentist.

5 tips on choosing a dentist!

1. Ask for recommendations!

This one is a little harder for military families because you don’t actually know who you can trust right off the bat. I would suggest asking your spouses commanding officer, military spouses, neighbors etc. If this is just a regular non-military move for your family then you can ask neighbors, teachers or someone you may already know. Another good option is asking your family physician if you have already chosen one of those.

2. Factor in location and hours!

If you move to a bigger city getting from one side to the other could take 30 minutes or longer. You will want to decide if the drive is a factor in whether you choose one dentist over another. I have noticed that some dentist offices here only work 4 days a week. If you are needing a office that works on Saturdays this office would not work for you.

3. Know your health benefits!

Each dentist is different in terms of what HMO networks they take. It is important to find someone who takes your insurance as this will make a difference in your amount of co-payment. If you are military you will have Metlife TDP. The TRICARE Dental Program is convenient and cost effective for military families with over 250,000 locations. The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program is also dedicated to educating members about dental health and important dental care practices.

4. Meet for a consultation!

Now that you have decided on a few dentists you can set up consultations for all of them and decide on which one you think will suit you best. Be sure to write down questions that you might want to ask. At this point you will want to pick a dentist and set up an appointment

5. Re-evaluate after the first appointment.

Now that you have decided on a dentist and have went to the first appointment reevaluate whether you liked the dentist, the assistants and the overall environment. How are the staff members, are they nice and courteous. If you have to take a child to appointments is the office child-friendly.


All of the tips above will have you well on your way to finding the perfect dentist for you and your family.


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Picture Credit: Marc Samsom | Modified by Me

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Sarah Smith May 17, 2016 - 3:26 PM

My family just moved to a new state and are trying to find dentists. I had no idea you could get a consultation with a dentist. I’ll have to make sure to meet with the dentist before I pick a dentist to go to.