How to Evaluate Awards
There are many kinds of awards given to dentists, and it’s important to know what they mean. For example, the type of award Dr. Rice won is one that is chosen by a dentist’s peers. This type of award should be taken seriously because other dentists in the Orange County area are in the best position to evaluate one another’s work. Not only do they know what types of training other dentists have, and have spoken with them, but if a dentist does bad work, guess who has to correct it–other Orange County dentists. So if a dentist isn’t really doing good work, they will know.
Another type of award to consider is one that is chosen as a survey of patients. This is important, too, because patients won’t necessarily nominate dentists that they don’t like, but dentists who turn over a lot of patients do have a little bit of an edge over dentists who see fewer patients but treat them more carefully.
Another important consideration in finding the best dentist in Orange County is looking at reviews and testimonials. Patients will give their dentists honest reviews, and by looking at them, you can find out a lot about how dentists treat their patients, from people who have actually worked with the dentist. Remember, don’t be swayed by just one really strong positive or negative review. Instead, look at the overall character of reviews. And read reviews in detail rather than just looking at the star rating. What one person loves in a dentist might not be right for you. You have to understand why they rated that dentist highly. For example, a dentist given five stars because they’re “great with kids,” won’t matter to you if you’re not looking for a family dentist.
Talk to the Dentist
Finally, it’s most important to make sure that a dentist is right for you, and the best way to do that is to talk to the dentist yourself. That way you can learn whether the dentist makes you feel comfortable, both with them as a person, and with them as a professional.
Only after you’ve spoken to a couple of dentists will you be in a good position to determine the best dentist for you.
If you are looking for the best dentist in Orange County, consider the award-winning Rice Dentistry in Irvine. Please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment.