B G. from Chicago, IL (Source: Yelp)
I’m conflicted about writing this review. While I’d like to keep Dr. Forman a secret so that I’ll never have to fight for an appointment as it is right now, I also feel compelled to be a Good Samaritan and help local residents looking for a trustworthy dentist by spreading word of where to find one. To settle this struggle, I’ll go with the latter and happily put out a good review for Dr. Forman because he’s done such a great service for me. To begin, the location is convenient if you’re a Central Square or Harvard Square resident. If don’t have a mailbox in the area, you can still get there rather easily since the #1 bus drops you off in front of his office on Mass Ave. I’ve visited Dr. Forman 2-3 times already (sorry, but I don’t have a great memory for dentist visits), and every one of them was quick and painless. My cleanings did not hurt like they usually did with past hygienists. When they’re over, I always feel like Dr. Forman is being straight with me on whether I need any further dental work or not in his final review. Why do I say this? Well, when I lived in San Diego, I went to a dentist who got me on extra work every single time I stepped into the office. Additionally, for some reason, I just didn’t have a good vibe with the DMD from the start. Maybe my worries were unwarranted, but since I’ve been making visits to Dr. Russell, the only extra work I’ve had was to repair some of the San Diego dentist’s work. I don’t think my brushing habits really changed over the years, and yet one guy is saying my mouth needs an overhaul, while the other says no problems for the most part. Maybe it’s because Mr. San Diego dentist had his office in a posh building complex and he needed to cover his rent, but I guess I’ll never know. Speaking of offices, the facilities are very clean and well maintained. Props for having The Economist for reading material, the only weekly that I read, but I didn’t even get to pick it up because they were ready for me when I arrived. (Going off on a tangent, but if he actually reads it himself, I would not be surprised. Why? Because the guy attended UPenn for dental school! Check your school rankings and you’ll start to feel real good about seeing him for your teeth.) All of the dental hygienists and the receptionist are cheerful, funny, and are very conversational. This really helps since going to the dentist can already make you feel a bit anxious. I suppose the only aspect that I can’t make an objective comment on is price because my dental plan has taken care of everything. I’m sure it’s safe to say that he’s competitively priced since there are several other options in the area, but you should feel confident that he’s going to do a good job because, again, he received his training from one of the better schools. And after you go to him once, your ease of mind will come from your excellent experiences with him and his staff.