An 8-Point Checklist for Choosing an Amazing Dentist

An 8-Point Checklist for Choosing an Amazing Dentist

Choose a Terrific Dentist by Checking Off  This “Must-Have” List

1. Make sure your dentist is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA). This organization is America’s leading advocate for oral health. At the bottom of the ADA website’s home page, you’ll find a It convenient Find-a-Dentist search tool which lists its approved members. If you live in the SF South Bay Area, you be glad to know that Dr. Raymond Lim is listed as a member.

2. Check the dentist’s YELP reviews. Testimonials are a great way to find out what kind of dental experience a patient has with a dentist. Yelp features a 1 to 5-star rating system in which reviewers can use to rank the quality of service, with 5-stars being the highest rating for satisfaction. For example, Dr. LIm has a 4.5 star Yelp rating from patients in the greater San Jose area including Campbell and the Willow Glen area.

3. Check the dentist’s number of years in practice. The more years of experience a top dentist has, the more expertise he or she will have due to the number and variety of patient cases worked on. A dentist’s dexterity, in other words, skillfulness in using his tools, can make the difference between having a pleasant visit or not so pleasant one.

4. Check for industry recognition awards. Recognition from industry associations are helpful in determining a dentist’s commitment to the dental profession. For example, Dr. Lim has been recognized as a Top Dentist for the Top Doctor & Dentists award presented by Top Doc San Francisco as ranking among the Best in Bay Area Medicine.

5. Check to see if the dentist accepts a wide range dental insurance. Let’s say you decided to switch jobs and your new employer offers a different dental plan than your previous one. If you have a dentist that accepts many dental plans, chances are you can keep the same dentist that you’ve come to like and trust. For example, Dr. Raymond Lim accepts a very wide range of dental plans which allows his patients to stay with him for the long run.

6. Check the dentist’s website and blog for areas of expertise. The dentist’s website and blog can tell you a lot about the dental office’s commitment to open communication and quality of service. For example, the website goes into detail on the many services of the dental practice, you could be certain that the dentist wants to make sure patients are well-informed. Reading the blog also a great way to see what the dentist specializes in. For example, if there are many blog posts on cosmetic dentistry, chances are those are the dentist’s main areas of expertise.

7. Check for convenient hours that include evenings and weekends. Getting a toothache on a Saturday and having to wait until Monday to see your dentist is no fun. Fortunately, dentists like Dr. Lim offer evening and weekend hours so you can keep on smiling the whole weekend.

8. Check for a convenient location. Last but not least, check to see if the dentist’s office is easy to drive to, either from your work, school, or home location. With Silicon Valley traffic getting heavier than ever, a dentist office that is on a main thoroughfare, not too far from the freeway, is ideal. Extra bonus points go to dental offices that have free and ample parking—which is a real time and money saver. Dr. Raymond Lim’s dental office, Dental Smiles of Willow Glen offers all these conveniences to make your dental visit pleasant from the very start.

If you’d like to make an appointment with one of the top dentists in the San Jose, Campbell and Willow Glen area, just call Dental Smiles of Willow Glen at (408) 978-1888 or use our online contact form 


Tis the Season to Be Smiling

Tis the Season to Be Smiling

Every year when December comes around, I take time to reflect on all the satisfying moments I’ve had helping my patients with their smiles. This year, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege of serving many new families and individuals for their general and cosmetic dental needs ranging from implants, teeth whitening, and alignment.

There has been one recurring theme that I’ve noticed time and time again. It’s this. Whether you’re a young child visiting me for the first time, a bride wanting to whiten your smile, or a senior getting a brand new smile, everyone typically leaves feeling grateful and happy—often because they know that they’ve done something good for themselves and their health.

That’s why I enjoy being a dentist. This year, I really want to thank all of you for your choosing me as your dentist. Because of you, I’ve been acknowledged as one of the top dentists in San Jose and Willow Glen. And that has me smiling with a deep appreciation for all of you.

As the last post for 2019 and the 2010 decade, I thought I’d leave you with more smiles. As you know, some people are recognized for their famous grins—it’s what makes them so unique. See if you can guess who these folks are from their pearly whites! And may your holiday smiles be just a bright!

Happy Holidays,
Dr. Raymond Lim

1.  The Rock smile

2.  Kim Kardashian smile

 3.  George Clooney Smile

4.  Katy Perry Smile

 5.  Barack Obama Smile

6.  Rebel Wilson Smile  

7.Tom Cruise Smile

8. Priyankaa Chopra

9.Constance Wu

And if you’d like to kick off the New Year with a gleaming smile just call us at (408) 978-1888 or use our online contact form. For future blog updates, be sure to like us on Facebook.


1) The Rock 

2) Kim Kardashian

3) George Clooney

4) Katy Perry

5) Barrack Obama .

6) Rebel Wilson

7) Tom Cruise

8) Priyanka Chopra

9) Constance Wu



Top 5 Tips on Keeping Your Smile Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season


Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to start thinking about all the wonderful fun, festivities and food you’ll be partaking with friends, family and colleagues.

All of us at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen definitely encourage you to “savor that flavors” this holiday season! However, since we know you’ll be dining a wider variety of foods, we’d like share a few helpful tips on how you can keep your smile happy and healthy while enjoying the cornucopia of casseroles, cakes and candy coming your way. (After all, there’s nothing worse that cracking a tooth or getting a cavity when you want to just enjoy the season’s celebrations!)

#1. Pack a travel toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash in your purse or bag wherever you go. This way you’ll be prepared for all those office parties and random holiday dishes your coworkers bring into work. After enjoying your snacks, brush your teeth! And you’ll be looking great for the next meeting.

#2. Don’t chew ice or hard candy! People drink more socially doing the holiday season. And eat a lot more candy than they typically do. So, if you’re one of those individuals who like to crunch on ice or want to try taffy, we recommend avoiding it completely (or just being very careful) it so you can avoid cracking your tooth.

#3. Avoid drinks that stain your teeth. (Or brush right after drinking them.) Red wines, color flavoring in drinks and certain foods can stain your teeth, which may not be the most attractive sight to see in holiday pictures! So keep how much you drink in mind, or brush regularly!

#4 Use a nutcracker. The holiday season invented the holiday nutcrackers for a reason. Make sure you use them when you’re cracking those hard nuts such as walnuts, pecans and more. And you’ll save yourself a trip to the dentist with a cracked tooth.

#5 Visit your dentist before the year end. To make sure your teeth are looking beautiful, visit your dentist—or if you don’t have one, make an appointment with family dentist Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen—and make sure get a cleaning before the year end. It’s a great way to combat the effects of eating the sugary foods that could be detrimental to your health. And make sure you take advantage of your insurance benefits before they expire.