Sunday, June 19, 2016

5 Steps to Find the Right Dentist

Hi everyone, I'm Darlene and I am so happy you decided to join me. A few weeks ago I shared a post listing a few possible problems you may encounter with a Dentist. Today I am sharing 5 tips to find the right dentist. There are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing one because your oral health is at stake. 

finding the right dentist

1. Referral/Recommendations

This is probably the best way to find a good dentist. Ask around. 
 2. Logistics
There is a broad range of questions you should have answered. The more questions you ask and research you do increases your chances of finding a dentist that best fits your needs and preferences.
  • Location: Yep it applies here too. Is the location convenient? By this I mean is it within the number of km/miles you are willing to travel. Is facility is accessible to the disabled? Is there parking or public transportation nearby? 
  • Office Hours: Do the office hours work with your schedule? Can you book an appointment for weekends or evenings? How long does it take to get an appointment?
  • Fees: Do they accept OW, ODSP or Status cards. What insurance plans/companies do they accept? If you aren't covered by a benefits program do they offer a payment plan? What methods of payment do they accept?
  • What is their policy on missed appointments? Ask for estimates on some common procedures such as full-mouth X-rays, an oral exam and cleaning, and filling a cavity.
  • Requirements: Will this dentist accept all your family members as patients and has experience with special needs? For example will the dentist be capable of taking care of children, diabetics, those with HIV/AIDS or people who are nervous about dental procedures. Is the environment kid-friendly (games, toys, books, etc.
 3. Placing a Call
  • Phone the dentist office to find out if the dentist is accepting new patients. 
  • At the same time have your questions from number 2 answered. If the receptionist can't answer your questions who can?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Check out the attitude of the receptionist. How are you treated? Are they friendly or do they seem snappish or rushed?

4. Visiting the Office

Check out the office in person. 
  • Is the waiting area etc. neat and clean? 
  • Do they seem organized - professional?
  • How are you treated when you arrive?
  • Does the office and the equipment look neat, orderly and clean?
  • Does their technology and equipment look relatively new? Outdated equipment can point to the use of outdated and more risky procedures.
  • Do they wear gloves and other personal protection equipment while providing treatment?
A good overall atmosphere is important and you must feel comfortable.

5. First Visit with the Dentist

During your first visit pay attention to the dentist's approach to treatment. 
  • Are things clearly explained? 
  • Can you communicate comfortably with the dentist? 
  • Are your questions and concerns addressed? Do they ask questions to learn more about your situation and take notes on their findings?
  • How well do they explain your oral health situation, the treatments you require and the procedures that will be done? Do they communicate in simple terms or confusing/technical jargon?
  • Do they discuss both the benefits of the procedure and the possible side effects or problems?
  • Did they thoroughly examine your mouth, gums and teeth?
  • Was your medical history recorded and filed?
Good oral health care requires a good relationship between you, your dentist, and the dental team. You may want to call or visit more than one dental practice before making your final decision.

Here is a free printable to make sure you are getting the answers you need and can compare dentists.

Honey Bunny and I went to a new Dentist a couple of weeks ago. Sadly she had six small cavities. And me? It's been almost twenty years since I've been able to pay a dentist a visit. I know. Gross eh? You're probably thinking septic tank mouth. But no way. No cavities, no gum disease - just need a regular cleaning. Awesome eh!


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  1. Great tips. We move every 1-4 years and I've had to find a new dentist 20+ times. Congrats on your good check up, Darlene. :D

    1. Wow Susan that's a lot of moving and a lot of dentists. I hope my list comes in handy.

  2. I really dislike the dentist (or any dr.) but we do have a pretty good one. Found via referral, so that is a great way to go! Thanks for these tips!

    1. I've been with the same dentist office since I was kid. There is a new dentist there but the receptionist is the same. I recently changed Dentists because they wouldn't take my granddaughter.

  3. Great suggestions, Darlene. Finding the right dentist and doctor is so important.

    1. Thanks Beverly. I've been pretty lucky so far at finding the right dentist and doctor.

  4. Such a great post! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. Great tips for finding a dentist or any other medical professional, Darlene!

  6. Yes, it's very important to have a good dentist and to have regular check ups with them. Thanks Darlene for sharing these great tips at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. :)

    1. Hi Julie. I have the a good dentist but I'm not so good at the regular check up part. :)

  7. All of your points are very wise and make a lot of sense. It is too easy to just take whatever we are dished out and it may not be in our best interest. Congrats on the your good check up.

    1. Thanks Kathleen. I think I was as surprised as the dentist.

  8. I find your points to be very useful as we have not established a new dentist yet and these are definitely going to come in handy.
    Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGFF this week.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Hi Darlene, What a timely post for me - my dentist just retired! Thanks for the info! Blessings, Janet

  10. The last time I found a great dentist he went and retired on me. I've tried a couple since but they aren't as good.

    1. It's such a bummer when they retire. Don't they know they are supposed to keep working as long as we need them. LOL

  11. All great tips, Darlene. I like the fact you offer a free printable to track it all. Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you next week!