How to Choose A Dentist
To keep your teeth strong and healthy, it’s recommended that you see a dentist at least every six months and more often if you have dental problems. While you can go to a different dentist every time, it makes more sense to have a regular dentist who knows you and your dental history for a more personalised experience.
If you’re looking for a new dentist because you’ve recently moved to a new area or for another reason, it’s important to remember that dental clinics can vary greatly and not all dentists offer the same services and care. With that in mind here are some things to consider when choosing a dentist.
The Internet is the fastest and easiest way to check out dental clinics in your area. Perform a Google search and start with some websites. Does the clinic have lots of easy to read information about their services? Do they seem clean, friendly and interested in providing you with a good experience? If you have specific dental issues, do they provide the right services to suit your needs? You can also do a search for recommendations and testimonials to find out what other people think of them.
While you’re looking at the clinic’s website, read their About Us page for helpful information on each dentist’s qualifications and whether they sound like people you’d want to trust with your dental care.
Remember, visiting a dentist is a very personal and private experience, so you need to feel comfortable with the people who are caring for your teeth.
Speak to Them
If you have special needs or want more information, give the clinic a call. This will also give you another clue as to their competency, friendliness and communication skills. You could also call in and speak to the receptionist about any concerns. How they treat you initially is a good indication of how you’ll be treated later. Many people are nervous about seeing their dentist, so make sure they’re willing to help in any way they can to relieve your anxiety and make you feel comfortable.
Is the dental clinic close to where you live and easy to get to using your preferred method of transport? Is it easy to get an appointment, including emergency dental care should you need it? Also be sure to find out about convenient parking if you’re planning to drive to your appointments.
Finally, check the cost of different treatments. Costs can vary from dentist to dentist, and some dental clinics are preferred providers for health insurance companies. If you’re planning on having expensive treatments, many clinics can also offer payment plans to help you spread out the cost over time.
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At Titirangi Dental, we provide caring, professional dental services for the whole family using the latest in dental equipment and technology. We’re dedicated to helping you maintain and improve your smile with a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry.