As if going to the dentist wasn’t already nerve-racking enough, getting subpar service could leave you with more than just a sore set of chompers. “There are some surefire warning signs that should make any patient wary of the care she’s about to receive at a dental office,” says Jonathan Schwartz, DDS, a family and cosmetic dentist at Manhattan Dental Health. Not sure what to look for? We asked dentists to share the red flags that should have you scrambling out of the chair.
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1. The office doesn’t request your old dental records. Before you even show up for an appointment at a new dentist’s office, the staff should be asking for these records as a baseline. “A lot of dentistry is about tracking problems and looking out for changes,” Schwartz says. “While some problems may be very apparent,