2 Tips For Changing Dentists When You Move

If you are planning on moving, or have recently moved, then it is very important that both your family's and your own health needs are met in this new location. Part of this means taking the time to find a new dentist in your new area. Sometimes finding a new family dentistry office and making the change can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you don't know much about the area or the dental professionals there. However, there are certain tips for making the transition go as smoothly as possible for you. This article will discuss two tips for changing dentists when you move. 

Use Your Online Resources 

There are so many online resources that you can use when it comes to changing dentists when you move to a new area. You can get onto your dental insurance website and find dentists in the area that accept your insurance. This saves a great deal of time from calling dentists and asking them if they accept your insurance. You can also look for online reviews from real people about the dentists in the area. This can help you to see if a dentist is a good match for you and/or your family, or if you don't feel that they will be a good fit to meet your needs. Overall, this helps you to find the best dentist in the shortest amount of time, which is generally of high importance when you move somewhere new and have a to-do list that is about a mile long. 

Bring Your Dental Records With You

Before you ever leave your old dentist, you should request a copy of your dental records to bring along with you when you move. This ensures right up front that your new dentist has your information and knows what work you have had done on your teeth. They will also be made aware of any areas where the dentist was watching for potential cavities, root canals, crowns, etc. This helps your new dentist to feel better prepared when it comes to treating you. It can also be beneficial in ensuring that all treatments that you receive are covered by your insurance for that calendar year and aren't unnecessarily repeated. Keep in mind that even if you forget to grab your dental records before you leave, you can always have them faxed over to your new dentist; just do this as soon as possible.