First dentist visit should be done as soon as a person’s first tooth erupts and this is followed by a twice a year visit for general teeth checkups and cleaning. That being said, the next thing you’ll have to take into consideration is choosing the dentist which suits you. Here are several things that you may want to consider when choosing a dentist:
DENTIST CLINIC HOURS AND LOCATION
Choose a dentist whose clinic hours coincide with your day off or after work hours and whose clinic is near your office or home. It would be easy for you not to miss your dentist appointments. You may also want to take into consideration the parking space if you’re driving a car because you may waste a lot of time just looking for a place to park.
Dental services could be really expensive. Before making your choice, make sure that your dentist accepts your insurance, he offers multiple payment options such as payment plans or credit cars, and he can provide referrals to specialists if ever your insurance plan requires. And cheap doesn’t always guarantee bad service. Try surveying various dental clinic and ask for the patients opinion on the quality of their service.
Never avail the services of unlicensed dentists; it’s not only illegal but it’s also dangerous. Make sure that your dentist is a board-qualified dentist and has undergone several dental trainings. Your dentist office should be able to provide you all the necessary proofs that you’ll need or if you want to investigate discretely, you may obtain information from your local dental society or your insurance provider.
Never forget to rate your dentist according to his/her performance. Always ask yourself if you had a great time on your dental check-up, or whether the dentist or the staff are being polite courteous to their clients, gives out the necessary information that the patient should know. And other practice that will measure his/her professionalism.
The most important thing when choosing a dentist is whether you feel comfortable with him/her. Does your dentist explain his assessment in the manner which you can understand (no medical terms)? Does he acknowledge your concerns? Do feel comfortable telling him/her if you are in pain and expressing your anxiety? Do feel comfortable asking questions? These are important cues that will tell you whether he is the dentist that’s right for you.