Choosing the right dentist is as important as choosing the right doctor. In fact it is proven that with the right dentist a person will set up a better plan for dental checkups and cleanings if they find a dentist that makes them feel comfortable. More people have anxiety about a dentist visit than any other visit for health maintenance.
Around 90% of all people will put off the dentist visits until there is a real problem that has to have a repair or removal, rather than upkeep and preventative care. Those are options that are easier, less painful, and less expensive.
When you are choosing your dentist, it is a good idea to look for some key factors:
A. When you make an appointment to see your dentist, he or she shows genuine concern and interest in your oral health.
B. The dentist is prevention oriented.
C. It is important to see how the dentist takes the time to look at all your teeth, and x-rays if needed.
D. With a thorough exam from the dentist you will have these things checked. Teeth, gums, tongue, lips, inside of cheeks, palate, skin and neck. Your dentist will be checking for swollen limp nodes, gum and tooth disease, bone damage and decay, abnormally large crevices, and all of this information is documented completely.
E. A good dentist will offer clear explanations of what is happening, what is needed, and what to expect.
F. Care, not cash is a good dentists concern. If the dentist is more concerned about making money, than meeting your oral care needs, you may want to look somewhere else.
G. If there is a great deal of items for sale in the office, it may be that the dentist is looking to make money in areas that do not include dental hygiene. This is not really a big problem unless for instructions and care, then dentist is trying to promote their sales items.
H. Sedation instead of explanation is a problem. This means that the dentist wants the money from sedation, instead of using caution, explanation and care.
I. Ask around, you will find that people are happy to discuss the good and bad dentists they have had experience with.
J. Talk to your dentist. If the dentist is not ready to talk to you, he or she is not likely to take the time to care about your oral health plan as a long term and lasting result.
K. Does the dentist what to teach you, so that you are working with your dentist to create the best oral health available for you.
L. Will the dentist want your teeth and gums healthy at the price you can afford?
It is very important to find the right dentist, because if you have the wrong one, you are less likely to follow through with a good plan for cleanings and checkups.
When your dentist talks to you about the treatments that are needed, ask questions. This is fair and reasonable and a good dentist will understand your questions and concerns.
You can also ask questions about your dentist’s credentials. They should be happy to tell you what qualifications and training they have had. Also, you can find out if the dentist is only for adults, or if they regularly treat children.
It is your dentist, your visit, your teeth and your overall health. Making the right choice will make all the difference when the time comes to create a positive and successful oral health plan.