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How to Choose a Good Family Dentist


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How to Choose a Good Family Dentist

  1. 1. How to Choose a Good Family Dentist? by Dr. James Younger - Smileworx
  2. 2. Introduction Just like you need an attending physician who will follow you and your family through the years and keep you healthy, you will greatly benefit from finding a dentist you can trust and with whom to build a lasting relationship. In this presentation, we will see what criteria to consider in choosing a new dentist to ensure that you make the right decision.
  3. 3. Don't Fall Prey to Convenience Going ahead and picking the dentist whose office is closest to your home is what people usually do, but don't compromise your oral health just to make it easier on yourself. You will want to go to the trouble of visiting several offices. That's the only way you'll be able to make a valid comparison, not only between the dentists themselves but also between facilities, their equipment and level of efficiency.
  4. 4. Finding Good Candidates First of all, you will need to make a list of good candidates who may be suitable. There are several ways to go about it. – Ask around to see if any of your relatives know of a dentist they could recommend – Check the Internet for testimonials – Grab names on the Yellow Pages and check out the dentists' website for info You can, for example:
  5. 5. How's the Office? When visiting those possible choices, you want to pay attention to 2 factors in particular: the condition of the office and your first impressions about the dentist. Are the facilities clean? Do they look fresh enough or are they in serious need of a paint job ? What about the equipment; is it state-of-the art or rather prehistorical? All those considerations will speak volumes about the character of the practitioner and help you form an idea, before you even meet him.
  6. 6. Trust Your Gut Feeling Probably the most important element in choosing a dentist is whether the two of you click or not. To have a good patient- doctor relationship, you can't rely on technical prowess alone. Even if experience and knowledge are as critical, you can't possibly pick a dentist with whom you don't feel comfortable.
  7. 7. Refine Your Choice Once you've narrowed down your list to the dental experts with whom you connected, it's time you ask them questions to validate your final pick. How long have they been in practice? What's their hygiene standards (do they wear gloves that they'll change in- between patients?) Do they adhere to continued education?
  8. 8. Conclusion In short, to get the best dentist, you need to "interview" enough of them to find the one who presents the perfect balance between expertise, know-how and empathy. Remember, your search for a dentist is for the long run. So, invest the time to separate the good from the bad, and your efforts will pay great dividends as you go through the years with healthy and perfect teeth.
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