Importance of Having a Dental Home

A dental home is having a dentist who you visit often, who knows you, your family history and health history. Oral health is essential to general health and wellbeing. Seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help improve the quality of your life. Your dentist is trained to diagnose life threatening diseases such as oral cancers, and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Visit the Real Stories page to learn from real Georgians about how their dental home positively affected their life.

The Georgia Dental Association makes it easy to find a member dentist in Georgia. Use this simple search feature to find a dentist in your area.

Tips on Finding a Dental Home

Find a GDA Member Dentist in Your Area

Tips on Finding a Dental Home

Your goal is to find a professional you are comfortable visiting regularly for the long term. You want to find a dental home where you and your family receive comprehensive care and have your questions and concerns answered with respect.


Ensure that you understand:

  • The education and training of the dentist and dental staff.
  • The practice’s mission and vision. How do they view dental care?
  • What type of continuing education the dentist takes and how often.
  • What services and treatments the practice offers.
  • Under what circumstances a family dentist would refer care to a dental specialist.
  • How the office handles fees and payments.
  • The office’s arrangements for dental emergencies you may have.
  • The office’s policy on treating young children—do they allow children to be accompanied to the treatment areas?

The key is that you must be completely comfortable with the dental office, understand their philosophy on treatment and payment, easily see the cleanliness of the treatment and welcome areas, experience the professionalism of the staff, and feel that the doctor is working with you to place you and your family in optimal oral health. If you have questions, speak up and ask them. If the answers do not match your expectations, you may want to seek out another dentist. When you find your dental home, the place where you know your oral health is in good hands, you will have made a choice that pays off for years to come.