You want your family to have healthy, confident smiles. Good dental health begins by finding a local dentist you can trust who provides the preventive services and restorative treatments your family needs. Your partnership with a local dentist can be a fulfilling relationship that lasts many years and keeps your family healthy for the long-term.
As you have probably noticed, there are many dental practices to choose from in Contra Costa County, including dental offices in the cities of Concord, Richmond, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg and San Ramon, as well as in Danville, Brentwood, Martinez and Pleasant Hill.
So how do you find the dentist that's right for you and your family? Research and good information are the keys to success. Read the following articles to find out how you can get the information you need to be confident in your choice of a highly qualified dentist in Contra Costa County.
Look for Licensed Dentists in Contra Costa County
Choosing a dentist is a very personal decision. Finding a good match will ensure that your Contra Costa County dentist provides high-quality dental care for you and your family for many years to come. A dentist's educational background, philosophy about dental health and preventive treatments, and history in your community may influence his or her dental practice. However, despite these background differences, there are some qualities that all dentists should offer, regardless of style or personality.
Dentists in Contra Costa County must be licensed by the Dental Board of California (DBC), which operates as part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. You can check the license status of any dentist by visiting the DBC website or you can view a list of all licensed dentists by county. Any disciplinary actions against the dentist will also be noted. All Diamond Certified dentists have already been thoroughly vetted for you, including license verification. However, if there are no Diamond Certified dentists in your area, it's important to do the background research yourself.
Dentist who are board certified meet a series of additional requirements beyond standard licensing. In order to be eligible for board certification, dentists must complete a post-doctoral residency in general dentistry, successfully pass a comprehensive written exam, and demonstrate their understanding of all dentistry practices in a demanding oral exam. To maintain board certification, dentists must complete 125 hours of continuing dental education every 5 years. Only about 1 percent of general dentists have achieved board certification in dentistry. You can find a board-certified dentist in Contra Costa County by visiting the American Board of General Dentistry website.
If you have complex dental health problems that require oral surgery or comprehensive dental work, you may wish to seek dentists who have experience treating complex dental disorders.View/Print