Choosing a Great Dentist


From the Desk of Dr. Deyton

If you’re wondering about the best way to select a dentist for yourself and your family, you’re not alone. The most common question that I’ve heard is, “How should I go about choosing a dentist?” 

I was asked this question over and over when I traveled through Missouri during my tenure as President of the Missouri Dental Association, as well as when the Governor appointed me to the Missouri Dental Board (which makes and enforces the rules of professional practice). In my travels, I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people. Almost every time I that I spoke in a public setting, someone from the audience approached me afterwards to ask my advice on selecting a good dentist.

I’ve also had this question from current patients of mine who are going to move out of state and want help in finding a new quality provider.

That’s why I put together this written list of tools to help you choose a dentist. Here is my personal guide to the steps you can take to find the best dentist in your area. I hope it helps you and your loved ones find a great dentist that you can trust with your family’s health.

If you have more questions about selecting a great provider, I would be honored to assist you personally. I know many, many dentists around the world because of my membership and leadership in several dental organizations, and I would be happy to make a personal referral. Please don’t hesitate to call me at (816) 587-6444 or email me at

Best wishes!

Choosing a Great Dentist  

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