Your dentist is your professional partner when it comes to caring your teeth and oral health. Not only are they there for you to call upon if you feel that there may be a problem, such as if you are experiencing dental pain or you have a loose tooth, but they are also there to help prevent problems from occurring in the first place. As a trained and experienced professional, they will regularly monitor your teeth and gums to ensure that they are in the best possible condition and this allows them to spot and treat potential problems early on, before they have severe repercussions for your oral and general health and wellbeing.
As they play such an important role in your care, it is important that you choose a great dentist who has all of the necessary training and experience, but also the compassion, dedication, and commitment needed to support your dental health. Here are our top tips on how to choose the right dentist.
Asking for recommendations is one of the best ways to draw up a shortlist of potential dentists. Ask local friends, family or colleagues who they go to and whether or not they would recommend them. Personal experiences are generally much more reliable than reviews read online and can form a great jumping-off point from which to research potential dentists in greater depth.
Although you may automatically think that all dentists will have completed the necessary education and training, it is still beneficial to check out their qualifications and training. You should also ensure that they are licensed to practice within your state. Since the technology and techniques used in dentistry are constantly evolving, it is also worthwhile asking what their processes are for the continued education of the dentists within the practice and what technologies they have invested in.
Fitting in a dental appointment can be tricky when you have a busy schedule, but they should still be considered a priority. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a dentist who has the office hours and location that is most convenient for you. It could be near home, your job or operate at weekends, whatever it is that works best so that you can fit appointments in your life at regular intervals. They should work with you, not against you.
Some dentistry treatments and procedures can become expensive and being able to manage the cost of the work you need is essential if you are to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. However, bear in mind that the cheapest treatment is rarely the best. We recommend that you choose the best dentist that you can afford. Many dentists accept various forms of insurance and payment plans in order to allow patients to access the care that they need.
You can obtain a whole heap of information about dental practices by looking online, but it isn’t until you visit in person that you can get a real feel for the environment, the staff and the way in which you will be treated if you become a patient there. The office should be clean, welcoming and comfortable, and the staff reassuring, knowledgeable and friendly. This is particularly important if you have any sort of dental anxiety. Trust your instincts and if you feel that a dentist or practice isn’t quite right for you, consider another.
For more advice on choosing the right dentist, please speak to our experienced and dedicated dental team here at Levenson Smile at 855-849-8255.