Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Health
9. I can't afford regular dental care. Are there some resources available to me?
Yes. Thousands of dentists across the country offer their services at reduced fees through dental society-sponsored assistance programs. Since aid varies from one community to another, call your local dental society for information about where you can find the nearest assistance programs and low-cost care locations (such as public health clinics and dental school clinics).
Check your local phone book or the Internet for your local dental society (for example, the Georgia Dental Society, Georgia Dental Association, or search by your county or region).
The American Dental Association's website provides links to state dental associations local societies, and state dental schools. Ask your dentist or call your local social service organization for assistance in locating these types of services in your community.
10. I recently moved and need a new dentist. How can I find one?
The American Dental Association offers these suggestions:
- Ask family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations.
- Ask your family doctor or local pharmacist.
- If you're moving, your current dentist may be able to make a recommendation.
- Call or write your local or state dental society. Your local and state dental societies also may be listed in the telephone directory under "dentists" or "associations." The ADA provides a list of local and state dental societies on its website.
- Visit more than one dentist before selecting one you feel you can build a good long-term relationship with.