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How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

Looking for a dentist in Port Moody? Choosing the right dentist can be a tricky task. Fortunately, our dentists can offer some advice on how to make the right choice.


A good dentist's reputation in their community will precede them. Ask coworkers, friends and family about their dentists and research their suggestions yourself - reading online reviews is a great way to accomplish this without doing too much more leg work.

You might also choose to contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area. 

Personal Rapport & Comfort Level

Since your relationship with your dentist is such an important one, consider whether you'll feel comfortable with this person. Think about the following during your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist:

Do they take the time to listen to you as you ask questions and explain symptoms? Do you have anxieties or fears you'd be comfortable expressing and are they effective at answering your questions about procedures you'll need? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?

Specialties, Services & Emergency Care

With advances in dental technology, many dentists are able to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists on your list for consideration offer comprehensive service, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?

If you or a family member has a specific issue with your oral health, it might be useful to find a dentist who specializes in that area.

Location & Office Hours

Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?


For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.

Costs & Money Matters

Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.

Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?

While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.


How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?

The Office

Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?

Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Westport Dental at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.

Welcoming new patients in Port Moody

Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Port Moody, we hope you’ll consider us!

If you’d like to book an office tour or an initial dental exam at Westport Dental, please contact us.

New Patients Always Welcome

Looking for a dentist in Port Moody? We're happily accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us to get started today. 

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