(HealthDay News) -- Regular dental checkups can help keep your teeth and mouth in good health. That's why it's important to select the right dentist.

The American Dental Association suggests these factors to consider:

  • The convenience of the office's appointment schedule and location of the office.
  • The efficiency of the staff and cleanliness of the office.
  • The clarity of instructions from the dentist about procedures recommended for you, including cost.
  • The dentist's provisions for after-hours emergencies.