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Choosing a Dentist: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

When you’re looking for a new dentist, there’s a lot to consider when you’re making your choice. From price to location and more, it’s important to find the right match for you because of how important your oral health is. After all, your dentist is responsible for your oral health, which is vital for your overall health. 

Location

Most people tend to choose dentists that are located close to their homes, and for good reason. Like other healthcare providers like GPs, it’s important to choose a local dentist so that you can easily access them if you need to. This will mean that in the event of an emergency or accident, you’ll be able to access dental care much more quickly than if your dentist was further away. With some accidents or emergencies, time is extremely important in limiting the damage done to your teeth or gums. 

Services

Next, it’s important to consider which services you will need from your dentist. If you don’t plan on having any other treatments apart from standard checkups and dental hygienist appointments, then this factor won’t be as important in your choice of a dental professional. However, if you are planning on having any cosmetic dentistry treatments, or have poor dental health so will likely need things like fillings or even teeth removed, the range of services available at your dentist will be more important. 

You can see what services are available by looking at different dentists’ websites, or even by ringing up and speaking to someone who works there. 

Reviews

Like any service out there, there will always be reviews left by other patients that you can look at. This can greatly inform your decision as you can hear from real people who have used a certain dentist before you and get authentic opinions about their service and quality. You can also get a more realistic view of what a dental surgery’s service looks like from reviews. Current or past patients will be more truthful than things like the dentist’s website who will obviously highlight the best things in an effort to attract new patients. Reading reviews will give you an idea about things like:

  • Waiting times
  • Cleanliness
  • Customer service

Specialities 

If you require specific treatments for your oral health, whether it’s tooth removal or orthodontics, it’s worth looking at the specialisms that your dentist has in-house. Across dental clinics, the healthcare professionals at each one will have different skillsets and specialisms, so if you know what treatments you need, you can look for specialist clinicians as a part of your search for the right dentist. 

Price

Lastly, you have to consider the price of your dental treatments. There are two main differences, and that’s whether you choose a private dentist or not. If you opt for a private dentist, the cost of treatments will be significantly higher than non-private clinics, and vary from dentist to dentist. If you go for a non-private dentist, you are likely to find that there are standardised NHS pricing policies across them. This means that price isn’t really a factor if you go for a public dental clinic. 

Taking these factors into account will mean that you’ll find the right dentist for you and your oral health needs.