When was the last time that you went to the dentist? If you cannot remember at all, then maybe it’s time that you give your dentist a ring and schedule an appointment. However, if the reason for why you haven’t been to the dentist in a long while is because you don’t have one, then here are some helpful tips in choosing a great dentist:
1. Look at testimonials.
There’s a reason for why dentists put effort into asking for patient testimonials and then putting them up on their website, with their patients’ consent of course, and that is so that they could convince prospects like you to give them a call. However, you need to be wary about these testimonials as they may sometimes be one-sided especially if they are published on the dentist’s website. On the other hand, third-party reviews and testimonials should carry more credibility.
2. Ask about the dentist’s professional history.
Just like doctors, dentists specialize. By making a quick rundown on their professional history, you can easily see for yourself which dentist would be great for your young kids or who you would take your teenage daughter to who is need of braces. You would feel very safe knowing that the person you asked to do your root canal procedure has done it 100,000 times within the past 20 years of his or her practice.
3. Inquire about the technology they employ.
This is especially important for people who shake in their boots at the mere mention of the word “dentist”. Usually, these people are older individuals who were born before the time of lasers, potent anaesthesia and smaller drills. Luckily, technology has made the field of dentistry less painful given of course that your dentist stays abreast of the latest dental advancements.
4. Trust your gut.
While everyone will tell you that you must be rational when scouting for a new dentist, you need to listen to your inner instincts as well. Try talking to the receptionist and rate how helpful and accommodating he or she is. You’d be seeing that very same receptionist during your every visit to the dentist so you might as well like, or at least not despise, him or her right on the very onset. How well is your prospective dentist at establishing rapport? Never underestimate your comfort level to your prospective dentist, the members of his or her staff and the even to that of his or her office.