Ok, let’s talk about how to choose a dentist. How should a person go about choosing a dentist? Now, some people would respond to this question this way: “Who cares? Dentist’s are all the same, right? Just open the yellow pages, they’re full of them. Just point your finger, spin a bottle, whatever–all dentists are the same, and getting a cavity filled isn’t brain surgery.”
Well, that last part is true anyway–filling a cavity isn’t the same thing as operating on someone’s brain. But neither is giving a flu shot. Neither is setting a broken arm. Neither is prescribing medication for one of the million ailments of wintertime, or one of the million ailments of summertime, etc. Yet you wouldn’t go to just any person to have one of those things done–you’re very careful when it comes to a doctor. How to choose a dentist, then, is a pretty important question. How to choose a dentist is as important as how to choose a doctor–heck, you wouldn’t randomly pick a mechanic to work on your car, would you? Of course not! Your car’s too important for that, it gets you from place to place.
The question of how to choose a dentist implies many things. How to choose a dentist may mean how to actually go about finding a dentist, any dentist. How to choose a dentist may mean how to find one with a personality that matches your own, or that yours can get along with. How to choose a dentist may mean how to choose the best dentist. How to choose dentist may mean how to choose a kind of dentist, that is, is there a difference between getting a root canal and a regular filling? How to choose a dentist may even mean something complicated like how to find a dentist that uses the newest kind of filling as opposed to the outdated kind. And so forth. How to choose a dentist implies all sorts of thing.
Perhaps some people don’t take choosing a dentist seriously (or the idea of choosing a dentist seriously, anyway) because lots of us take our teeth for granted. We don’t have to go in to get our teeth worked on in a serious way very often. They’re merely these big hard things in our mouths that we chew and smile with. But when you think about how important your teeth actually are, your attitude towards choosing a dentist changes. Not only do your teeth provide the structure for your face–if your teeth collapse, your face goes with them–your teeth allow you to stay alive in that they help you chew food to the point that it can be digested, and they allow you to enjoy life in that they help you eat any sort of food you want, prepared the way you want it.
When something goes wrong with your teeth, it’s really hard to set it right again. Your dentist makes sure that your teeth remain in good enough condition that you’re never in any serious danger of major tooth problems. One way to choose a dentist is to go by word of mouth. Whom do your friends see? Whom would they suggest? Ask your friends. Ask them about things like prices, personality, availability, convenience, satisfaction, and so forth. Ask them about other dentists they’ve seen, who they may not have enjoyed as much.
The Internet is another way of looking for a good dentist. With the Internet you can be very specific when choosing a dentist. Believe me, dentists aren’t only in the phonebook anymore. They need to make a living too, right? Most of your local dentists are a few key clicks away. You can look them up, see what they do, find phone numbers, even sometimes read customer reports. And if you want to know about root canals, type in root canals. If you want to know about teeth whitening, type teeth whitening.
Given the fact that it’s relatively easy to find a dentist this days, no person has an excuse not to make some kind of search. Using the resources of the phonebook, word of mouth, and the Internet, you should have no problem finding an excellent dentist who will fit all your needs.