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November 19th, 2019

5 Tips to Helping You Find A Dentist

Are you looking for a dentist? With so many choices out there, how do you choose a skilled dental professional that is sure to be diligent with everything from cleaning your teeth to filling a cavity? How do you find a dentist that fits into your lifestyle? Here are some tips to help you find the dentist you need.

1. Ask for Recommendations

Ask your family and friends where they get dental work done and if they like their dentist. They might recommend you to one who is taking new patients. You trust your family and friends so having them suggest a dentist is a great way to find one; you know they will give you their honest opinion.

Check with your local dental association as they often provide lists of dentists in your area. They generally recommend you book a consultation with a few of your choices to determine the one that is best suited to your needs.

2. Convenience

Is it easy to get to your new dentist? Try to find a dental office located near your home or work to make appointments at a convenient time for you. If you have a dental emergency, it is also quicker to get to your dentist rather than taking a long drive in agonizing pain.

Are the operating hours of the dental office suited to your life schedule? Are you able to go to the dentist on weekends or after work so dentist appointments don’t interfere with your school or job? Having the convenience of flexible dentist visits allows you to easily maintain a routine for both your life and your semi-annual dentist appointments.

3. Save Your Money

Don’t overpay a dentist for regular treatments just because they can charge whatever they wish. Find a dentist that adheres to the recommended fees listed in the Alberta Dental Fee Guide. What does this mean? This guide comes out every year with a list of dental services and prices followed by all dentists in the province that uses this fee guide. You know you are not getting ripped off if your dentist has the same rates as other dentists in the province you live in. You can save that extra few hundred dollars for a vacation.

4. Continuing Education

Does the dentist you are considering often attend seminars and take schooling to further their education in the dental industry? If the answer is yes, this is a great reason to book your next appointment with that dentist. Keeping updated on current dental technology and understanding the demands of dental work in this day and age is important. An educated dentist cares enough to keep their brain evolving and learn new skills. You benefit from the most recent treatment options available.

5. Cleanliness

You sit down in the dentist’s chair only to notice grime from someone else’s mouth on the dental tools about to be used in your mouth. Eeeww! Get out quick! Ensure the dentist office you go to is clean by noting their procedure for cleaning dental tools and watching to make sure they use gloves for sanitary reasons. You wouldn’t want to get a virus from the last patient. You do want a dental professional who cares to keep you healthy and your teeth in great shape.

Are you ready to book with a new dentist, now? If you still need time, don’t worry about rushing your decision, just remember these tips to ensure you get a dentist who is ideal for you!

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on November 19th, 2019

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