Hi everyone, I'm Darlene and I am so happy you decided to join me. A few weeks ago I shared a post listing a few possible problems you may encounter with a Dentist. Today I am sharing 5 tips to find the right dentist. There are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing one because your oral health is at stake.
This is probably the best way to find a good
dentist. Ask around.
a broad range of questions you should have answered. The
more questions you ask and research you do increases your chances of finding a
dentist that best fits your needs and preferences.
Location: Yep it applies here too. Is the location
convenient? By this I mean is it within the number of km/miles you are
willing to travel. Is facility is accessible to the disabled? Is there parking or public transportation nearby?
Office Hours: Do the office hours work
with your schedule? Can you book an appointment for weekends or evenings?
How long does it take to get an appointment?
Fees: Do they accept OW, ODSP or Status cards. What insurance plans/companies do they accept? If you aren't covered by a benefits program do they offer a payment
plan? What methods of payment do they accept?
is their policy on missed appointments? Ask for estimates on some common procedures such
as full-mouthX-rays, an oral exam and cleaning, and filling a cavity.
Requirements: Will this dentist accept all your family members as patients and
has experience with special needs? For example will the dentist be capable
of taking care of children, diabetics, those with HIV/AIDS or people who
are nervous about dental procedures. Is the environment kid-friendly (games, toys, books, etc.
Placing a Call
Phone the dentist office to find out if the dentist is accepting new patients.
At the same time have your questions from number 2 answered. If the
receptionist can't answer your questions who can?
How long have they been in business?
Check out the attitude of the receptionist. How are you treated?
Are they friendly or do they seem snappish or rushed?
4. Visiting the Office
Check out the office in person.
Is the waiting area etc. neat and clean?
Do they seem organized - professional?
How are you treated when you arrive?
Does the office and the equipment look neat, orderly and clean?
Does their technology and equipment look relatively new? Outdated
equipment can point to the use of outdated and more risky procedures.
Do they wear gloves and other personal protection equipment while
A good overall atmosphere is
important and you must feel comfortable.
Visit with the Dentist
your first visit pay attention to the dentist's approach to treatment.
Are things clearly explained?
Can you communicate comfortably with the
Are your questions and concerns addressed? Do they ask questions to learn more about your situation and take
notes on their findings?
How well do they explain your oral health
situation, the treatments you require and the procedures that will be
done? Do they communicate in simple terms or confusing/technical jargon?
Do they discuss both the benefits of the
procedure and the possible side
effects or problems?
Did they thoroughly examine your mouth, gums
Was your medical history recorded and filed?
health care requires a good relationship between you, your dentist, and the
dental team. You may want to call or visit more than one dental practice before
making your final decision.
Here is a free printable to make
sure you are getting the answers you need and can compare dentists.
Honey Bunny and I went to a new Dentist a couple of weeks ago. Sadly she had six small cavities. And me? It's been almost twenty years since I've been able to pay a dentist a visit. I know. Gross eh? You're probably thinking septic tank mouth. But no way. No cavities, no gum disease - just need a regular cleaning. Awesome eh!
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Bye for now. Wishing you the best, Darlene
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