How To Pick A Good Dentist

oral health for the new year, marrero, laWhen you are new to an area, finding the right dentist for you can be a daunting task. Many people are unaware of what they should look for that makes a “good” dentist. At Barataria Dental, we are here to answer any and all questions you might have related to dentistry. Here are our top three recommendations on things to consider when trying to pick a dentist office:

The Dentist’s Credentials

Considering the dentist’s professional and educational background will help you get a good idea on if the dentist is qualified to care for your dental health. You need to know that when you visit your dentist, you are in good hands. Most offices will display their dentist’s credentials on their websites. For example, at Barataria Dental, we are home to Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill. Dr. Maria R. Burmaster earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University and then attended Louisiana State University School of Dentistry from 1989-1993. Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill earned a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University prior to attending Louisiana State University School of Dentistry from 1989-1993. Along with Dr. Maria, Dr. Valerie graduated in 1993 earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Together, they provide our patients with high-quality dental care.

Wide Range of Dental Services

It is very disappointing to begin establishing a relationship with a dentist’s office only to realize later that they are not equipped to meet all of your needs. After all, the goal with establishing a relationship with a dentist’s office in the first place is to ensure that they can meet your dental needs now and for several years to come. Make sure that your selected dental practice provides a wide range of dental services. For example, our dentists provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services. This means that we are equipped to go above and beyond your routine dental care. In addition to preventative services, we can also help you achieve your cosmetic goals as well as restore your smile from a variety of dental concerns. There is rarely a dental need that cannot be met in our office.


A good dental practice will have the reputation to show for it. Make sure to check out any patient testimonials and online reviews that a practice has. This will give you a better understanding of what to expect from the practice during your upcoming appointment. At Barataria Dental, we are most proud to have earned a solid reputation as your trusted dental office in Marrero, LA. Our entire team is grateful for the opportunity to provide you with your necessary dental services. We hope you will consider visiting our office if you are looking for a local dentist. Please schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.