It might be that you’ve been going to the same dentist for most of your life, especially if you’re living in the same place where you grew up. But what should you do if you move or if your dentist retires? Choosing a new dentist is never easy. There are some important questions to ask in order to make the right choice.
What Are Their Qualifications?
You’ll want to do a little bit of research into anyone you’re considering. Check that your prospective new dentist graduated from a good school and is certified by the Board of Dentistry in your state. When you check with the board you can also see whether the dentist has ever had any claims or grievances filed against them.
A claim doesn’t always mean a bad dentist, and if those claims never resulted in a reprimand or the dentist being de-certified, it’s probably ok. But if there were several this could be a sign that, at the least, this dentist isn’t easy to get along with!
How Long Have They Been Practising?
Gone are the days when people mistrusted the young doctor or dentist. Age isn’t everything; however, that doesn’t mean you necessarily want to have a dentist who just qualified yesterday investigating your teeth.
Those who are more recently qualified are likely to have up-to-date information on all the new techniques; but older dentists are likely to have a great deal of personal experience. It could be worth looking for a practice with both older and newer dentists working together and sharing their strengths.
What Procedures Do They Offer?
Along with general dentistry services, such as routine examinations and hygiene treatments, a dentist should be able to offer other services that you need. If you have a dental bridge or crowns, you’ll need a dentist with a lot of experience in dealing with implants.
You may also want to find out whether the practice has an orthodontist, because this specialized mouth professional can do other things you might need, such as helping you straighten your teeth.
Are They Good With Kids?
If you really hate going to the dentist, there’s a good chance it all started when you were a child. If you now have kids, you might want to consider taking them to a specialist pediatric dentist. Not only are pediatric dentists experts in all the issues that affect kids’ teeth, but they are also more likely to be able make the experience stress-free for your kids.
As well as checking your kids’ teeth, pediatric dentists can help your child with their brushing technique and explain to them why brushing their teeth is so important. You probably tell them every day; but sometimes kids listen better if the information comes from someone other than a parent, especially if that person is an expert.
Are They Well-Reviewed?
Publicity isn’t everything. Some dentists have good qualifications and a beautiful website, but when you Google them you find a ton of reviews reporting that they are unfriendly, rude, or unskilled. On the other hand, some dentists’ clinics may look less shiny and modern, but the people who work there are friendly and approachable, with a wealth of satisfied patients.
Check With Friends
Don’t just rely on Google to tell you where to go. Ask around among your friends or family, at your children’s school, at church, and at work. Find out who people use as their dentist and what they think of the care they’re receiving. Reviews on the internet often have word limits, but a personal testimony from someone you know can go a long way to helping you decide on a dentist.
Your teeth are very important, and it’s vital you find a dentist that you can rely on. With just a little bit of time and effort, you’ll find just the right dentist who will be the perfect fit for you and your family.