How to Find a Dentist in the Tri-Cities

“Find a dentist,” they said. “Choose a dental office right here in the Tri-Cities.”

It might seem like an easy choice, but if you live in the Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland area, your options for dental care are far from limited.

Below, we’ve put together a few helpful tips to narrow down your search for a dentist. Not only can this cut down on time, but it can ensure that you find dental care that best meets your needs.

Tips to Find a Good Dentist in the Tri-Cities

Everyone’s idea of a good dentist may vary, but the ways to find a dentist are largely the same. Here are some things to consider:

What to Look For in a Dentist

First thing’s first, you’ll want to make sure the dentist takes your insurance. That will ensure your first dental appointment is a smooth one (with no surprise bills or out-of-pocket charges due to your insurance being out of the network).

The services are also important in finding a good dentist. We don’t want you to have to go to two dentists to get your teeth whitened, a root canal fixed, and for cleanings. Checking the list of services is vital to ensure your new dentist will cover all your dental needs, and it can save you time and money in the long run.

Thirdly, the experience is important. It might be the first dentist appointment you’ve had in years (or your child’s first one ever), and you may be a little nervous. Your dental team should ensure you’re comfortable, answer your questions, and have a track record of providing dental services for families. (West Richland Family Dental has served families in the Tri-Cities area for more than 35 years, and our dentists have 72 years of combined experience.)

What to Be Wary Of

When finding a dentist, reviews are important. If they don’t have any reviews online, and people aren’t talking about their services, that could be a reason to steer clear. People tend to review local services they like, so check out their Facebook page, Google My Business page, and other online platforms to see what people are saying. If there are reviews, make sure they speak well about the company, and avoid dental offices that the reviews describe as unprofessional.

Further, if your dentist cannot give you a clear answer on whether you need a procedure or what is covered by your insurance, it’s best to hold off on going to that dental office. A good dental team will tell you what’s included in your dental insurance and explain your options so that you know the facts before making any decisions.

Another reason to try a different service is if the atmosphere feels unfriendly. Ideally, you should see a dentist twice per year for a cleaning, so naturally, it’s important to have a dentist who’s personable and trustworthy.

Why We’re Different

West Richland Family Dental Care is not your average dental office. We prioritize our patients’ comfort, offering cozy seats with ceiling TVs to keep you entertained during the exam and your mind off of any procedures that might be needed. (This is especially great for kiddos and those who experience anxiety at the dentist.)

Not to mention, our dentists are top notch—with experience providing dental care for all ages. If you need a dentist but don’t have insurance, that’s not a problem. We offer convenient monthly membership club options that give you access to routine dental services (such as two cleanings per year) for a low cost of $30 per month for those above age 13 or $25 per month for children below age 13. That keeps our dental services affordable and accessible for everyone.


Finding a dentist for life should be enjoyable–never stressful. A good “dentist near me” should offer a variety of dental services, have easy-to-access insurance coverage information, and maintain professionalism at all times.

When in doubt, choose West Richland Family Dental.

If you’re looking to find a dentist by insurance, you’re in good hands. West Richland Family Dental caters to many insurance plans, and we’re dedicated to making your dentist experience a pleasant one. Contact us today to book a cleaning.

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