With the dentist-to-population ratio at its lowest (1,653) in Canada, the market has become very competitive. This has made it quite difficult for families to choose a professional, trustworthy, and reliable dentist. Attractive advertisements, international recommendations, economical packages, and even strong claims cam be deceptive. You should be wary of such claims when it comes to choosing a dentist for your family, as your choice will impact your oral health and hygiene, and that of your family for years to come.
The following five steps will help you choose a reliable, professional, and dedicated dentist.
Know Your Dental Health Benefits
A dentist is needed not only for examining and treating your teeth, but also for offering timely guidance. A reliable dentist will schedule your regular visits, identifying the problem before it emerges or effectively treating it in its early stages.
In addition to this, your dental consultations will include both broad and focused evaluation of your oral health. This can range from evaluation of fluoride percentage in your mouth, to recommending a reliable mouthwash, informative sessions about tooth brushing, effects of different foods on mouth, and guidance for kids, and about overall oral health care.
Ask Others for Recommendations
People around you, including your friends and colleagues might know reliable dentists in your area. They might already be visiting a dentist in your locality. Ask for at least three to five recommendations and mark them as priorities in your list of dentists.
A little online research about customer feedback is also helpful in this regard. Contact the local dentist’s association or council or get the addresses and numbers from regional directory to make a list of all dentists in your area.
Evaluate Your Accessibility
No regimen for oral hygiene can survive ill-timed or irregular appointments. Therefore, when choosing your dentist, take into account the following:
- Hours – Evaluate the time that the dentist takes to attend and treat you. Avoid a dentist who makes you wait too long.
- Location – A person will naturally avoid regular visits to the dentist if the clinic is located at more than 15 minutes’ drive from home.
- Appointment Time –Ask about how much time it requires to get an appointment. Also, ask about how the dentist treats emergencies.
Meet for a Consultation
A consultation session should answer the following:
- The Costs – According to WDG Public Health, income and dental insurance play a primary role in determining the number of visits to dentist and dental treatments. Evaluate the costs including treatment packages, available discounts, cost of X-ray and oral radiology, cost of regular visits, cleaning and flossing costs, and others.
- Information – A reliable dentist talks about their dental care plan and answers the unasked questions too.
- The Treatment – A dedicated dentist will fix an appointment and answer your questions politely. The dentist will never act rushed or answer your questions rudely.
Evaluate the Dentist After an Appointment
Evaluate the following little details in the clinic after an appointment.
- Is the dentist cooperative and humble?
- Is the clinic neat?
- How it feels to be there?
- Is the staff cooperative?
- Do they follow the hygiene standards including wearing face mask and eyewear, infection control measures, use of gloves, use of instruments soaked in cleaned with sterilizer, and use of modern equipment?
- Does the dentist offer you a follow-up treatment?
By addressing these areas, you are sure to find a dentist that is right for you.