I’m not even going to get into the whole health care/health insurance debate, but I’ll just let you know that I am fortunate enough to actually have both medical and dental insurance. With an HMO setup, I choose the primary care provider, for both medical and dental.
When choosing a doctor for medical, I have almost no personal requirements, and the location of the doctor is pretty much the only thing I really consider — preferably that they’re near my home or office.
Maybe choosing a doctor for women requires more scrutiny, but as a guy I feel like as long as a doctor is competent, knowledgeable, and somewhat friendly, it doesn’t matter. They all do the same stuff, especially that of which is routine — checking blood pressure, stethescope stuff, hitting your knee with the thingy, dealing with common stuff people get when they’re sick (in an ordinary sense). Anything that goes beyond all those things I named, you’re gonna have to be referred to a specialist anyway, so what does it matter who your primary doctor is?
As far as choosing a dentist is concerned, I don’t think a person’s choice ought to be made so haphazardly. Much more sensitivity and care is beneficial with dentists. A bad dentist can easily make your experience in his/her chair way more painful than it really needs to be. Besides painful in your mouth, things can quickly get painful on your wallet as well. Dentists will often attempt to convince you certain procedures are necessary, when in fact they might not be so urgent, or even necessary at all — whereas it’s much harder for a doctor to convince you to do a procedure that isn’t 100% necessary.
Most ailments you go to a doctor for, you can SEE the symptoms (evidence) on your physical body, or you literally can FEEL discomfort/pain.
With dentistry, just because you can’t see or feel something inside your mouth, you still might need dental work —- but then again you might not….so choose your dentist wisely!