A panel of experts has determined that Rice Dentistry is one of the top 10 dentists in Orange County, according to Choice Professionals as reported by the Orange County Register. This award represents a real honor, and it’s not the first time Dr. Scott Rice has received the honor, nor is it likely to be the last.

How the Top Dentists Are Chosen

The top dentist honor is not an easy one to win. In June 2015, surveys were sent to dentists across Orange County. Dentists filled out their questionnaire either on paper or online and turned it in. Every dentist had to include their license number in the ballot to prevent duplication or ballot stuffing.

The results were tallied, and every dentist with enough votes was put on a finalist list for consideration. These dentists were then screened for disciplinary actions–no dentist that had ever received disciplinary action could be considered. The remaining dentists with the highest votes were considered the Top Dentists.

How to Find the Best Dentist in Orange County

If you are trying to find the best dentist in Orange County for you, you need to take some time and do the research. Consider three aspects of every dentist: awards, reviews, and the dentist themselves.

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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.

Reviews

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