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For Immediate Release

Contact: Richard T. Koenig
Phone: 202-547-7613
Fax: 202-546-1482

Don't Procrastinate Your Better Smile!

So many people make New Year's resolutions that involve a committment to better health. Among these lifestyle changes is a common health issue shared by many, the desire to commit to better dental care.

It can be difficult to start taking better care of your teeth when you don=t know where or how to find the answers. One good way to start is by finding a dentist who makes you feel comfortable. Now that sounds like an impossible dream for many. But, most people take more time and effort in finding new tires for their car than they do in selecting a doctor.

It does not have to be difficult to find a dental practice where you can feel happy. First, ask co-workers, neighbors and friends what their dentist is like and why they chose him or her? Does the office have convenient hours? Is the dentist and staff courteous and outgoing? Is the office environment caring and healthy?

But what if you are new to an area and using suggestions from family is not an option for you. Another way to find a dentist would be to call a reputable referral service. The District of Columbia Dental Society offers a free dental referral service to area residents. By calling the Society at (202) 547-7615 you may obtain a referral to an American Dental Association (ADA) member dentist.

Why choose an ADA member dentist? By seeing an ADA member dentist, you can be assured that he or she is committed Ato encouraging the improvement of the health of the public and to promote the art and science of dentistry." The ADA accredits 1,300 dental education programs in the United States. The ADA currently recognizes eight specialities which are endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and dental public health. When first selecting a dentist, you should be looking for a general family dentist.

When you call to make your first appointment, ask the office staff about care and services provided by the office. AIf you hear a friendly voice, you will probably find a helpful office," says Dr. Robert Gallegos, president of the D.C. Dental Society. Try to stop in to see the office and meet the staff. Is the reception area inviting or is full of people who look like they have been waiting for hours?" continues Dr. Gallegos.

During your visit, be honest with the doctor and staff in explaining any apprehension or avoidance of dentistry. With this information, they will be better prepared to assist you in the transition.

Thanks to advances in technology, dentistry is safer, quicker and more comfortable than ever before. Dental visits have improved the lives of millions by offering improved cosmetics, better function and the elimination of disease. A good dentist will be able to satisfy your questions and provide you with the foundation to keep your smile for years to come. So, take time to renew your lifestyle. Don't procrastinate your better smile any longer!

For more information about oral health issues, visit www.dcdental.org and the American Dental Association Web site at www.ada.org.

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