It is advisable to see the same dentist regularly. This will ensure that your dentist understands you complete dental history as well as an overview of your general health. However, sometimes you may need to see a new dentist due to various reasons. You may have moved into a new neighbourhood or you may be on vacation and urgently need to consult one.
Regardless of the reason, choosing a new dentist can be a daunting task. You need to be assured that you will get a professional dentist who will be able to handle your concerns.
Avoid These 6 Mistakes When Choosing a New Dental
Not doing enough research
It is wise to take some time to do some background check on the new dentist. Find out about their professional qualifications and whether he/she continuously updates their learning. It is also important to find out how much experience the dentist has regarding your case.
Although you can ask them to provide referrals from previous patients, do not just rely on the word of the mouth. Do your homework thoroughly!
Check out the reviews given by previous patients on their website. If you are moving to a new place request your regular dentist to give you a referral.
Being attracted by very low costs
Sometimes you may fall prey to a scam where the dental procedures you need are much lower-priced in one dental practice. Most of the time, this is a cover-up for hidden higher costs when the treatment starts.
At other times it may be a bait for you to fall for incompetent and unprofessional dentists. This may end up costing you much more to correct ill-done procedures.
Placing too much importance on a location near home
You may be tempted to settle for a dentist who is near your home. You may argue that this proximity will come in handy when you need regular consultation.
The truth of the matter is that this should be your least concern. The dentist near you may not be the most qualified provider to handle your specific issues. It would be much better to see one who is a distance away, is qualified, professional and available; than that one near your home who is not.
Picking a Dentist who is not courteous
When you walk into any dental office, you are a very valued patient. The dentist should treat you as one. Look out for those subtle signs of how he/she makes you feel. Do you feel that the dentist is open and honest about your concerns? Does he/she treat you with the respect that you deserve? How about the staff? Is there order in the office? How do they treat each other?
A great dentist should not belittle you, nor should they browbeat you into accepting expensive procedures that you may not be able to afford at that time.
Not paying a visit beforehand
Some people book an appointment to see a dentist they have never been to by simply placing one telephone call! Be sure to visit the premises and check out the appearance of the place. Does it speak of competence and professionalism?
Not Verifying if the Dentist is Certified and Licensed
Take the time to find out whether the dentist is certified and licensed. If you have any misgivings, don’t be pushed into agreeing on starting any treatment with that particular dentist.
A beautiful smile gives you confidence and helps improve the quality of your relationships. A great dentist will help you maintain that smile for life. Avoid choosing one who will cause you pain and regret.
Author Bio: Dr. Holly Gregory is a dentist in Kingwood, Texas. She is a native Texan who specializes in dental implants and family dentistry. Dr. Gregory is passionate about educating people on the importance of healthy teeth and often writes blog posts to educate the public on dental topics.