Good oral health practices are a life time investment worth taking. Our teeth contribute a great deal to our self-confidence. Have you encountered a person who hardly smiles because they are embarrassed of their discolored teeth or they are noticably misaligned? That is why we need the services of a dentist. When it comes to choosing a dentist, the following are a few guidelines on how to find one.
Do your research well before you entrust your precious asset(mouth)with a dentist. Find out how long he/she has been in the dentistry field. You do not want to run into an intern or an inexperienced dentist. Seek valuable information from your friends and family.
These days it is not hard to come across self-imposed dentists. They entice their prey with cheap services as they capitalize on the fact that dental services are a bit on the higher side. Check their education history, colleges they attended and if they are registered with the health board.
When you have an appointment with a dentist, survey the available equipment and facilities, the support staff. Avoid ill-equipped hospitals.
Oral infections can easily be spread from one patient to another. Ensure you get your services at a clinic where high levels of hygiene are maintained. How clean is the floor, how is the handling of equipment being done? Is there running water? These are just a few things to look out for.
Observe the mannerism of the working staff. Are they polite and show concern to their patients? Are they generous with giving information you want or they withhold it? Good staff must be willing to answer to your questions and assist you without much prompting.
MODE OF PAYMENT
Be cautious with dentists who strongly prefer ‘cash only’ as means of payment. If their hospital policy does not favor health insurance, time to look elsewhere.
In the case of an emergency, where are referrals made? Are the dental referrals legal and qualified to handle the emergency? Is there an available ambulance for transporting emergency cases?
If your work schedule is a busy one, check with the dentist if he/she is flexible to accommodate your scarce time. Is the dentist willing to reschedule missed appointments? Settle for a dentist who can go an extra mile for you.
We live in a world where technology is always changing and new knowledge on the increase. Find out how your dentist of choice keeps himself updated on the changing trends of dental treatment. Does this person take time to familiarize with new technology and treatment? Seminars and workshops are important platforms of staying informed. Ideas are exchanged between dentists and practitioners in the dental industry.
It is not a new phenomenon for health facilities to form affiliations with institutions of higher learning mainly universities in the case of dental schools. Opt for a dentist with such an affiliation, he’s not only a dental practitioner but also a lecturer in the same field.
It is important to have dental check up once a year, hit the road for that check-up.