Monday, January 18, 2016

Word of Mouth

I have a friend who likes to use Facebook as a way to get recommendations. She crowdsources suggestions on restaurants, travel, family daytrips, repair professionals, and more. It's amazing the information she is able to gather this way. She just puts it out to the universe and the universe almost always comes through. In abundance.

This was her most recent request.


A general dentist who is ;

Rich enough so he wouldn't think we are his only source of holiday funds,

Old enough to be kind and experienced with his chosen profession, and last but not least

Young enough to know the new studies,and open to talk about more than one option.

Do you know such magical person around HoCo? If you do please share her/his name with us.


She got over twenty-five responses. Most were overwhelmingly positive. I don't think I have ever seen so many good words about going to the dentist in the same place. My takeaway on this is that there a lot of people in Howard County that like their dentists. That's got to be a good thing. It also tells me that most of the people I know can afford some kind of dental care. That's good, too.


If you are looking for a dentist in Howard County, or reasonably nearby, I'll see if I can get permission to share this crowdsourced list. Word of mouth can be incredibly helpful. If you are a dentist, these are the things people care about most:


  • Consistently good care without frequent pressure for expensive procedures
  • Accepting a variety of insurance
  • Gentle and pleasant hygienists
  • Friendly office environment
  • Easy to make appointments

Of all of these, the quality of dental hygienists was high on the list. According to one commenter, they liked a hygienest because, "I don't leave there feeling mauled." Yikes. I think it's safe to say that if people leave fearing encounters with your dental hygienest, they aren't going to be motivated to make and keep regular dental checkups. And as a dentist, you really want them to do that.

One last thing. Years ago one of my daughters came home from school and talked about the special visitor they'd had that day. "Who was it?" I wanted to know.

"The gentle high dentist," she replied. "She was really nice."

Since then I've been convinced that the world needs more Gentle High Dentists. And my friend's Facebook question reinforces that. We're all searching for the great, good Gentle High Dentist.

The good news is that there seem to be quite a few in Howard County.


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