In one of our previous socially sharing local dentistry blog posts, we mentioned patient word of mouth often times being the most popular way to find a new trustworthy and qualified dentist for our families.
This, and most of the info we’ll communicate here is more empirically experienced than scientifically set in stone.
Sometimes we even may notice a friend or family member’s elective dental services, such as veneers or teeth whitening, and ask them how they got that smile to sparkle so bright.
With virtually everyone we know logging into Facebook multiple times a day; sometimes before they even get out of bed, we figured this word of mouth thing might be going digital.
Check out some more staggering Facebook stats!
From localized Yelpers to Foursquare fanatics, existing dental patient word of mouth has gone digital.
We just want to know HOW viral it is…how much are we actually sharing the good information?
Trusting the Source
We say good information, meaning positive info assisting you in reaching your dental determinism.
How often are we sharing our trusted reliable dentist with our ever-growing social circles, networks, flocks, and links?
Sure, passing along a useless FW link of a photoshopped primate smile is fun and funny – for 1.5 seconds.
But we’re talking about passing along beneficial positive information allowing someone you know to make a decision when on the hunt for a quality, caring, professional, respectful, pain-free, technologically adept, socially connected…dentist.
That way, the person receiving the info can trust the source – you already know each other!
When it comes to making dental health care decisions for your family, or choosing a reputable and qualified dentist for cosmetic dentistry or other elective services, we’re pretty sure the Internet comes in handy.
Again, no scientific data to back this claim up or bore you with – we just want to hear it from the dental patients.
And we all know what the Internet can claim…we won’t even touch that one.
For some of us, the days of thumbing through the phone book have been replaced by a quick keyword search of dental services, our location, and perhaps even the individual dentists’ name or practice name.
With all of this information at our fingertips we can now see where the dentist went to school, how long they’ve been in practice at the specific location, and even what actual patients have to say about their dental experience.
We’re not saying this new digital word of mouth is the only source of qualified dental information, but it sure seems to be a good indicator of how effective the dental practice is at gaining some online practice visibility.
How do you choose your dentist, do online reviews factor into the equation at all?
We’ll go out on a limb and say that those dentists that represent themselves best online will be quite popular within their local community.
If we add actual patient experience to the mix we’re pretty much covering all bases in our quest for a good dentist.
We can see, hear, and even feel what it’s like to be a patient in the chair.
A good dental website offers all of this info and more, but where else do you search?
With that in mind, we’d like to ask for your input again on what is your most trusted online source when searching for a good dentist.
Since we’re all getting more comfortable letting the world know our innermost thoughts on local restaurants, home electronics, or any other local product or service, we figure our dentists could use a little digital word of mouth examination.
If you ‘Like’ your dentist, let the world – or at least your local community and social circles – know just how much!
And be sure to let your dentist know too, we’re sure they’d appreciate the sentiments.
Choose your #1 online source for seeking out local dentist info, and please share your thoughts and comments.
+Chris Barnard is Managing Editor of DentalPatientNews.com, a patient-centric Social Dental Network blog dedicated to enabling the digital dental health conversation - and the eradication of the cavity creeps.
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