Questions to ask a new dentist
- Are you focused on whole-body health?
- A dentist that focuses on the entire body is far more likely to ensure that your dental health is looked after in the same holistic manner. No one wants a dentist that simply pulls out a single tooth and takes no time to consider the implications on the other teeth or indeed the whole body. With the use of amalgam now being clearly understood to have a detrimental effect on the body finding a dentist that is amalgam free could be important to you.
- Are you a member of a professional organisation? If so which one?
- Professional organisations such as the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry can help to demonstrate that your dentist is keen to learn, develop and stay up-to-date with the most modern dental techniques. Who wants to go to a dentist that hasn't been out of the dental practice for years and is still stuck in the 1970s?
- Do you have recommendations from friends & family?
- Asking a dentist to see recommendations from happy patients, their friends and family is one of the best ways to know if your dentist is a good one. If the dentist you have chosen cannot show these recommendations it might be the time to ask why!
Questions to ask once you have been to the dentist
- Once you actually get to visit your new dentist it's good to review the treatment and process, here's what we recommend you think about.
- Was everything explained to me in a manner that I found acceptable?
- When you initially went the dentist did you complete your medical history and questionnaire form in a confidential manner and what it all explained to you. Did the dentist communicate with you in a way that you found relaxing and calming?
- Was the dentist wearing magnification equipment?
- When working in your mouth a dentist should really be using some form of magnification, in order to be able to see the finest details in your mouth and spot the earliest signs of gum disease and dental decay magnification loupes are a vital accessory.
- Was I comfortable?
- Were you made to feel comfortable in the dental chair? Did they ask if you were warm enough? Were you offered head and neck rests? Did you get to choose the music you listen to or were you even asked?
- All of these things can help you relax and feel calm and whilst not crucial to the dentistry itself can help you feel more comfortable.
- Did the reception team welcome me to the practice?
- When you initially arrived did the reception team look up from the work they were doing and welcome you? If they were on the phone did they politely asked the person on the phone to wait one moment whilst they spoke to you? Or were you completely ignored for some considerable time?
- Was the treatment explained prior to going ahead?
- Every good dentist should explain treatment beforehand, many times you should also be given a full treatment plan explaining what will happen with associated costs… Did you receive this?
Personality traits to watch out for in a good dentist
- A good communicator
- Being able to communicate with you is a vital trait of a good dentist, a dentist that can speak to you in words that you can understand and in a way that makes things simple and easy to follow and comprehend.