Finding a good dentist is as difficult as finding yourself a good general physician. Health is the most precious wealth we have and dental well-being is an integral part of it. As the dentist is going to take care of your oral health, you can’t just choose anybody hastily. You must make sure the dentist you choose is experienced, expert and licensed.
As always, prevent and prepare is better than repent and repair. Therefore, it is advisable that you go for regular (monthly if possible) complete dental check up. Thus the dentist can check for any growing problem early and suggest or start possible treatments. He can also guide you to a hygienic approach at home towards dental health.
There are several points to consider before you select any dentist, however.
Firstly, you should find a dentist near to you. This will mean your trip to the dentist is swift and hassle-free. There are times when you may need to visit him for several times. If he is far, the distance may discourage you. Moreover, if he is near means you can reach him fast in case of any emergency.
Cost is another factor to consider while choosing the dentist. First thing first, check if your dental expenses are covered in your health insurance or not. If yes, check which dentists from the list of the insurance company are near you. Try to select someone from them. Many companies don’t pay for the expenses incurred if the dentist isn’t from their list of associate dentists.
However, if you don’t have a health insurance (get one immediately!) or if your health insurance doesn’t cover the dental expenses then, sadly, you have to cover your bills yourself. Many people remove dentist from their list of priority only to suffer and regret later. Yes, they have more pressing needs and need to cut back expenses but dental expenses shouldn’t be the scapegoat. It is better to find an affordable dentist in your vicinity. However, don’t fall for the old trap again i.e. don’t decide by the cost alone. Poor cost often comes as a bundled product with poor service. You really don’t want to go to another dentist to repair the poor work done by the first one.
Please keep in mind that dentists have different specialities. Paediatric, orthodontists and cosmetic dentists are some major specialisations found among dentists. Paediatric is a kid’s dentist, cosmetic dentist concentrates on the aesthetics of the teeth and orthodontists are general purpose dentists. Although till one degree they all can perform the same task but when it gets complicated it is better to hire the service of a dentist, specialised in that exact field.
Check if the desired dentist has the required licenses and permits to work and offer services as a dentist, from local and medical bodies. This data can be easily obtained from the local association of the dentists. From the same association, you can also verify the past track record of the dentist in mind and if any professional charges were brought against him.