The Importance of Finding a Trusted Dentist: How to Choose the Right Provider for You
Posted by Dr. Julie Boudreault On 10-05-2023
It goes without saying that the health of our smiles is a critical component of our overall health and well-being. Routinely attending dental check-ups, cleanings, and other necessary treatments not only plays a role in maintaining the health of our teeth and gums but also helps to prevent a range of potential oral diseases and conditions.
With that being said, finding the right oral healthcare provider to trust with your smile can be a rather daunting task, especially with so many options available. However, and take it from us, you’ll want to prioritize finding the perfect fit.
In this article, we’ll explore in detail some useful tips to help you easily and effectively find the right provider for you:
Ask Around for Referrals, and Research Online Reviews
Begin your search for the right oral health care provider by asking friends, family, acquaintances, or other health care providers for referrals. By getting your recommendations from trusted sources, you can feel more confident that your potential new dentist will also be worthy of your trust.
Moreover, you should also check online and on Google for real patient reviews to ensure that other people only have positive things to say about the dentist and practice.
Reading up on these reviews will also help you to learn more about what to expect regarding the bedside manner of the dentist and staff members, as well as the overall atmosphere of the practice.
Consider the Location of the Dental Practice
You should only be looking for dentists that operate within close proximity to you or in your city. The closer your local dentist is to your home, the more convenient and hassle-free your visits will be, and the better the prognosis for treatment success will be should you or a family member ever require prompt or urgent care.
Consider the Experience Level and Credentials of the Dentist and Their Team
When it comes to your oral health, you deserve to receive care from a knowledgeable and experienced dentist and team, and you should never settle for less. The more experience or years in practice that a dentist has (as well as with a good track record), the better your treatment results and overall patient experience will likely be.
You should also check online for board certification when choosing your new dentist. This additional step will help you ensure the dentist possesses the required training and skills to provide general dental health care.
Additionally, check to ensure that the dentist has no history of malpractice claims or committing unlawful acts that can easily render them untrustworthy.
Consider the Services and Business Hours of the Dental Practice
It’s also very important to ensure that the dentist and their team offer the services and treatments you require for your particular oral health needs and your children if you have any.
Your new dentist should offer basic general dental services and more, including preventive dental check-ups and cleanings, dental fillings and sealants, dental implants, crowns and bridges, tooth extractions, and cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening and composite bonding.
If you are searching for a family-friendly dentist, such as our dentists at Milltown Dental, ensure that this is indicated on the website so you know that your children’s smiles and oral health care will also be in good hands.
Take the Dental Office and Its Standard Operations Into Account
Your new dental practice should make it a priority to keep their office clean, organized, and well-maintained at all times. The practice should also only employ the latest and greatest dental diagnostic and treatment technologies to ensure optimal accuracy and safety for all patients.
Furthermore, the office should be a welcoming and comfortable environment where all patients can feel relaxed and anxiety-free about their dental care experience. Browsing the websites of your prospective new dentists can give you a good idea about whether or not they are prioritizing such factors.
It’s Time to Schedule Your First Visit
After finally narrowing your choices down to a leading prospect, it’s time to schedule your first meeting with your potential new dentist.
Having a one-on-one conversation with the dentist will help you to determine whether you truly feel comfortable with them and if you feel good about asking them questions regarding your oral health and personal goals.
If the dentist is caring and non-judgmental while also being informative and listening closely to your needs, then it’s safe to say that you’ve likely found your match.
Book Your First Visit at Milltown Dental Today
Are you in need of a new dentist that you can trust? If so, you’re in luck: our Milton dentists and team at Milltown Dental would be pleased to meet with you at your convenience.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Julie Boudreault, please call Milltown Dental at 833-318-3281, or you can contact us here.