Taking care of your teeth means more than brushing and flossing. For complete care, it’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning. The first step in this process is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable, and then schedule an appointment.
- LOCATION MATTERS!
Choose a dentist close to home or work. This will make it easier to schedule visits and to arrive on time. Also, make sure that the dental office is open on the days and at the times when you are able to schedule an appointment. Most people prefer to see a dentist who is located close to their home or work. They find that it is much easier to schedule appointments before going to work, during lunch, or later in the day when they’re headed home when the location is nearby. On your digital device search for dentists in your preferred area. Make a list of your top choices. You can also use apps and search on the internet to know more about the locations of your dentists.
Asking for referrals is one of the best way to know about what you are getting into. Check online reviews for the dentists on your list. Also, read the comments posted by patients. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or doctor for feedback about the dentists. This way you will find more about the dentist and if he is good enough for the job or not. However, be aware of false online reviews. Look for reviews that look genuine. Know that a little negative criticism is not the worst thing in the world.
Does the dentist accept your insurance? Does the dentist offer multiple payment options (credit cards, personal checks, payment plans)? If your insurance plan requires referrals to specialists, can this dentist provide them? Also, be aware that costs vary by practice. If you can, get estimates of what your dentist might charge for common procedures such as fillings, crowns or root canal therapy. Even if you have dental insurance, you may be paying part of the costs yourself.
4. PERSONAL COMFORT MATTERS
One of the most important things to consider when you choose a dentist is whether you feel comfortable with that person and in their office. Identify your top choices and stop by their offices. Is the office clean and organized? Do the dental professionals wear gloves, masks and other protective apparel? Mostly, the dentist and team members are friendly and helpful. Look around to ensure you’ll feel comfortable.
5. APPOINTMENTS MATTER!
Ask the dentist for a complete report on your oral health. Be suspicious if the dentist recommends a long list of treatments, such as new fillings, crown replacements or oral surgery. Request a written plan with the costs. If the treatment plan seems unreasonable, consider getting a second opinion from another dentist.