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Dr. Joe Eckford, Jr. is proud to serve the dental needs of Greater Houston. Going to the dentist can be a difficult experience, but Dr. Eckford works with his staff to ease patients’ fears and help them take charge of their oral health. Dr. Eckford uses cutting-edge technology to relieve his patients’ pain, restore their smiles, and boost their self-esteem.
Originally from Prentiss, Mississippi, Dr. Eckford earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University, but always sustained an interest in medicine. After eight years of developing cellular communications networks for companies like AT&T and Sprint, Dr. Eckford wanted a change. He was inspired to pursue dentistry after shadowing his father-in-law and other dentists, and getting to see the impact they made on patients’ lives. Since then, Dr. Eckford has remained uniquely passionate about his field.
After attending the University of Iowa College of Dentistry for his degree in dental surgery, Dr. Eckford completed his residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His dedication has earned him accolades from both peers and patients, including recognition as one of America’s Top Dentists in 2011 and 2012 and in Madison Who's Who for 2012 . He stays involved in the dental community through numerous professional national and local associations, including the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, the Greater Houston Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. In his spare time, Dr. Eckford likes to pursue his hobbies, which range from sports to spending time with his family and friends. He is also a proud member and community volunteer with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Verified Patient Reviews
Very informative, on time, was very clean inside, friendly staff, and Great parking
I felt comforted by his bedside manner and that of his staff. I have a sincere fear dentist visits; however, I feel he will make this necessary long-term treatment bearable!!
This is a delayed review - I visited about 9 months ago. I don't know who is to blame, but I did not enjoy my visit. The xray was done poorly, and he basically just guessed that I had no cavities. They made me get the xrays as a new patient, even though I was confident I had no cavities and just wanted a cleaning, and wouldn't take xrays from a previous dentist I'd been to. The secretary was unprofessional, too.. Asking me if another employee "was alright" - indicating she was trying to initiate some sort of gossip with me.
He was AMAZING!!! By far the best dentist I've ever been too. He's very knowledgable and takes the time to explain the X-Rays in detail. Also very funny guy. He have great jokes! I would definitely recommend him!!
Very professional. Explained everything. Friendly knowledgeable staff.
He was great very informing.
Great visit the staff was vey nice and professional. I will definetly recommend this office.
Dr. Eckford and his assistants did an excellent job and made me feel comfortable. They answered all my questions and even found ways to reduce cost, as I did not have insurance at the time.
Will definitely stay with this office. assistants were fun, friendly, and sensitive to our family's needs. look forward to going back.
I really enjoyed meeting with the friendly staff. They were knowledgable, professional and easy to understand. In the end it boils down to quality and $$$; they excelled in both.
MY VISIT AT THE DENTIST OFFICE WAS REWARDING. THEY WERE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND MADE ME FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE. I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN FINDING A VERY GOOD DENTIST AND OFFICE STAFF. THANK YOU JOE ECKFORD,DDS FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU AND YOUR STAFF DO.
It was my 9 month old baby's first dental visit and I absolutely loved Dr. Eckford's interest in answering all my questions. He and the staff there were very friendly and very professional!
Friendly staff, easy service - highly recommended!!
Very nice, efficient and the entire staff is definitely easy to work with.
Dr. Eckford and his staff was awesome!
This dentist was just okay. When I walked in the entire staff was eating wings (it was during lunch) in a room that was in the view of customers. It just seemed unprofessional to me. The office staff and the dentist were both nice enough, but the hygienist was SO ANNOYING. She kept on lecturing me even though I told her that I hadn't had insurance for over two years. Over all, I don't thing I'd come back.
Was a great visit. Got me in and out. No wait time and his dental assistants were really nice.
Very good service.
Very pleasant and informative dentist. Staff was so nice and attentive. I will definitely return to this office with my future dental needs.
Very professional staff. Painless fillings and temporary crown. Highly recommend the Doctor.
Dr. Eckford is excellent and believes in keeping his patients comfortable.
The entire staff was so gentle, respectful, and concerned about my dentle health it made me want to strive to keep up with my dental health and refer my husband to this office because of the professional atmosphere. Thank You for your gentleness.
The office was very noisy with dental tools being left on and no doors between patient rooms. The technicians did not know how to operate the x-ray machine, causing me to have to wear the lead apron and be exposed to the rays more than 4 times. I had to wait in my room while they did another cleaning. There were 2-3 technicians and the dentist, and with no doors between offices, I could hear the entire operation going on in the room over. I am not usually apprehensive about dentist visit but I might be from now on....it was so awful I left with a stomach ache. Also, a cleaning scheduled for 11:30, I left at 2pm.
Courteous and professional doctor and staff. They even accommodated my request for same day fillings and molds for clear braces. Highly recommended.
friendly, helpful office staff. was treated with courtesy and respect. Dr. Eckford was very professional and efficient. he put me at ease with a sense of concern. was impressed with the follow up call the following day to check on me
I was very pleased with my visit and look forward to returning for my 6 month appointment!
Just went for a routine cleaning, so had limited time with Dr. Eckford, but the dental hygienist was pretty rough and it was a very painful cleaning experience compared to my old dentist. Don't think I'll be going back!
I really enjoyed my visit with Dr. Joe Eckford. His professionalism was great. The staff was very helpful and kind. It wasn't anything like I expected. I would recommend Dr. Eckford to anyone who is looking for a dentist, especially if you are afraid of the dentist.
I would like to thank you ZocDoc for your website! I really enjoyed my visit today with Dr. Joe Eckford. I have had such bad service in the past and I was so afraid to go back to the dentist until today. The wait time was excellent. It took a total of 60 minutes from the time I walked in, until the time I walked out. This included the x-rays and the cleaning. The staff was so wonderful, the treatment was very gentle, the office was very clean, and they made me feel important. They took the time to explain my treatment plan to me and to discuss my payment options. Overall, I was so amazed about my visit; I can not wait to go back.
We liked him and we both think he was very nice and professional, and we would recommend him to friends and family.
The service was great, however I felt the charges were excessive to remount/glue a bridge that came loose.
clean office,friendly but professional staff.5 stars+
he made sure i didnt feel any pain and if i did he would fix it right away
Dr.Eckford was very professional and informative to me about my teeth and treatment plan.
He told me alot and what he think i should get done and how it would benifit me in the long run
Impressed with his knowledge and presentation skills. He really calmed my nerves by responding to my questions.