Dental One Associates of Westminster
412 Malcolm Drive, Suite 100, Westminster, MD 21157

Selecting a Dentist Who’s Right for Your Needs

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Healthy teeth and gums ensure a great smile, and your oral health can directly affect your general health, so finding the right dentist to manage your family’s oral care is important. It can also be a monumental task when you don’t know how to start. Although it’s not difficult to find an affordable dentist who is accepting new patients, selecting a dentist for your personal needs is a different story. Some dentists may not accept your dental plan. Others may have inflexible office hours. If you need specialized care, some dentists may not be qualified to handle your case. Fortunately, there are ways to make selecting a dentist a little easier. Here are some great tips to get you started.

Know the Types of Dentists

The first thing to know is that dentists whose titles designate them as doctors of dental surgery (DDS) and those who are known as doctors of dental medicine (DMD) have the exact same qualifications and training. A general dentist may also be called a family or cosmetic dentist. These titles do not reflect official dental specialties. If you are experiencing common symptoms such as tooth or jaw pain, minor bleeding, tooth injury or cavities, you probably don’t need to consult a specialist. A general dentist can assess your specific needs after a comprehensive exam. He or she may be able to perform treatments like wisdom tooth extractions and restorative procedures that specialists also perform.

Ask Prospective Dentists the Right Questions

Ask each prospective practitioner the following questions before selecting a dentist:

  • What training and experience do you have?
  • What advanced technologies or equipment do you use?
  • What kinds of sedation do you offer?
  • How are after-hours or weekend emergencies handled?
  • Which dental insurance plans do you accept?

To find out more about local dentists and dental clinics, contact your local dental associations, and read online reviews. Family member, friends, neighbors, and coworkers may also be valuable sources of information when selecting a dentist.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Westminster, call Dental One Associates of Westminster today at (410) 970-0292 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westminster. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Westminster, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Westminster.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Staff very professional, pleasant and gave full explanation during procedures
Barbara R.
I’ve been a patient here for about 18 months now. I have had cavities filled, wisdom teeth removed, and sudden tooth pain examined. I used to be terrified to visit the dentist. After 8 years I […]
Amanda H.
Everything was timely, efficient and thorough. Reminder call is appreciated. Flexibility in scheduling was great since I had to trade appointment times with my son. Laurie is always pleasant and […]
Laura H.
Great care and no pain!
Gretchen J.
Dental One Associates of Westminster has been helping me take care of my teeth, gums and oral health for 10+ years now. The staff is very friendly and helpful and will call to remind you of your […]
Gregory C.
Nice people who seem to care about you.
Ian C.
Friendly, efficient, thorough care.
Andrea C.
Intelligent staff with good advice.
Mark C.
Always excellent service.
Joan H.
Everyone is so friendly!
Luann A.
All of my experiences with your office have been that you are very professional and friendly with what has the potential to be an unpleasant experience.
Bethany S.
Alicia the Hygienist and the dentist were rockstars! Awesome!
Investigator M.
The staff is very friendly and answers all questions. The hygienist is very thorough and personable. The Dentist also takes the time to be thorough and answers questions. I fell as I received great […]
Mark R.
The service and friendly atmosphere
Russell F.
Great staff/hygienist/doctors – Timely and great customer service.
Marlyne B.
Great experience!
April G.
Dr Allen is not only a good dentist, she is has a friendly personality, which is good since going to the dentist is not always pleasant.
Judy J.
This was one of the best dental experiences I have had. All my life I have hated the dentist and actually have a lot of anxiety when going to the dentist. Dr. Allen was warm, kind, thorough and […]
Allison M.
I have had nothing but a positive experience with all of the front office staff, dental assistants, and doctors. The other plus is that most of our family’s dental needs can be taken care of at the […]
Mary Z.
Friendly caring staff. Dr Whang made me feel at ease throughout the process of my root canal. Didn’t get her assistants name but she was also top notch.
Mark B.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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