It’s important to establish a high standard of dental hygiene, especially considering poor oral health is linked to chronic conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. A crucial part of that process is finding a dental services provider for regular visits (every six months) that makes you feel comfortable and deliver quality care.
There’s a number of options you need to consider when picking a dentist, but most importantly, you want to find someone who is committed to taking your dental needs seriously and putting their patients before themselves.
You want a dentist that:
- Wants to develop a relationship with you
- Listens to you
- Informs you of best service options
- Is confident in his/her treatment planning
Here are some factors that you should take into account when choosing a dental services provider.
How Experienced is Your Potential Dental Care Provider?
Experience is vital to oral healthcare services. In many cases, the more experienced a dentist is, the better the results will be. Ask the dentist the number of patients he or she has handled with a condition similar to yours. For example, if you have dental anxiety, ask them about the approaches and techniques they use to treat other anxious patients.
What Dentistry Areas does the Clinic Specialize In?
Do some research to identify the different areas of dentistry that your service provider might specialize in. There are dentists who have continued their education to specialize in prosthodontics (dentures), oral surgery (extractions), periodontics (gum care and surgery), endodontics (root canals), orthodontics (braces), pediatrics (children), and implants. Always choose a provider who does more than just general dentistry.
How Up-to-date is the Clinic’s Technology?
Over the years, general dentistry has seen a proliferation of technological advancements that have improved quality of dental care dramatically. Therefore, you should inquire about the tools and technology a dental clinic is using before committing to becoming a patient.
Does the Dentist Accommodate Dental Emergencies?
Keep in mind that your dentist can’t be everywhere at anytime, so if he or she is out of town, they should have a referring dentist for you to see.
Reputation Means a Lot
Check to ensure that your would-be dentist has an excellent reputation and doesn’t have any suspicious claims brought against him or her.
You should also search for online reviews and testimonials to see the previous patients’ experiences as well as their satisfaction rates.
The Clinical staff
Besides oral care, a dental clinic make you feel comfortable and taken care of. During your first visit, note how the staff treats yourself and the other patients. Choose a clinic with a friendly, empathetic, and responsive staff that provide an efficient appointment process and pleasant interactions. Also make sure to confirm whether or not their billing process accepts your insurance plan.
The Bottom Line
Oral healthcare plays a vital role in your overall health and lifestyle. At East River Dental, we pride ourselves in offering our patients, new and old, the best possible dental care. Using state-of-the-art technology, our expertly trained and experienced staff is committed to your health and safety. We’re open 7 days a week and accommodate dental emergencies.
Call today at 905 895 8031 to book a consultation and join hundreds of other satisfied clients in the Newmarket area.