How to Find a Dentist in Washington

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Contact the Washington State Dental Association at (206) 448-1914 and ask for a list of dental professionals in your area.

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Ask for recommendations and referrals. Find out from friends, neighbors and co-workers who they feel comfortable seeing. Ask what they like about the dentist and the office.

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Schedule a consultation. Question the dentist and staff about how dental emergencies are handled, types of procedures that can be completed in-office, their commitment to continuing education and their involvement in any professional associations.

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Set up an appointment for a general exam. This typically consists of a cleaning, x-rays and medical health history.

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Observe the office during your visit. Dental offices should be clean, orderly and convenient to your home or office. The dental team should be friendly and professional, as well as considerate of your comfort and your time. Staff should also provide upfront information about pricing and payment plans before treatment is scheduled.

Tips and Warnings

  • Consider interviewing several dentists prior to making a selection.
  • Washington residents in need of charitable or low-cost dental care may contact the Oral Health Program of the Washington State Department of Health at (360) 236-3524 for assistance. Residents can also seek help from the University of Washington-Health Sciences School of Dentistry at (206) 543-5982.