Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

Happy Summer! It is a time of transition and many families are “on the move”. It is estimated more than forty-million Americans will move during the summer each year. In addition to the school year ending, new job opportunities are beginning and fresh starts for many mid-way through the year.

Once new DC residents have unpacked their belongings, started their jobs, enrolled their children in school and, most importantly, connected their internet, they take a deep breath and rest. Finding health care professionals will most likely take priority. Oral health and finding the right dentist is also imperative.

Your dentist doesn’t just clean your teeth. They are a vital part of your total health care treatment, year-round. If your teeth are unhealthy, your entire body will suffer. As we have seen in past blogs, periodontal diseases can lead to heart problems and other serious health issues.

So, when time comes to choose a new dentist in Washington, D.C., here are 4 tips to help you find a new dentist.


  1. ADA Membership: The American Dental Association (ADA) is the policy and ethics arm of more than 161,000 dentists in the USA, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Dentists who are members must adhere to strict standards of professional conduct. The patient and their health interests are part of the “ADA Code”. Each ADA member has five promises that they must make to their patients. Choose a dentist who is an ADA member is our first tip.
  2. Research/Reviews: There are so many ways to research online reviews and credentials to find a new dentist. For example, you can find online listings including or for reviews and information. Online is an option as well as asking friends, neighbors and colleagues. Also check out offices that may have referral programs. For example, we have a Care to Share  program for our patients.
  3. Arrange An Initial Consultation: After doing research online and within the community, narrow down your list and schedule an initial consultation. This is an opportunity to meet the dentist, staff, and discuss dental insurance details.
  4. Advanced Technology/Innovative Technique: You may want to ask, is the office cutting edge and providing the most up-to-date restorative and cosmetic dentistry techniques?

Moving to a new location can be stressful.  We hope these tips can provide some guidance for you to choose the best, qualified, ADA dentist for your family’s dental needs. Your dental health is priority, no matter where you live.

If you are new to the Washington, D.C. area (DMV), please consider Dr. Cooper and Associates as your new dentist. We provide excellence in comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for the DC community. We also have expertise in Invisalign, Dental Implants, Veneers and Sleep Assessments.

To schedule your initial consultation with Ron Cooper, DDS, contact us at (202) 463-2090 or email us at We are ADA Certified. If you would like to refer a friend to our Care to Share program, please click here.