Top Tips When Choosing A Family Dentist

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To some extent, a dentist becomes part of a larger family. Your dentist will take care of your family's teeth and see your family grow. So, what should you look for in a family dentist? Below are some tips. 

Location And Ambience Of The Clinic

One of the reasons why people skip dental appointments is that they cannot easily access the dentist's clinic. Avoid this by ensuring that your dentist's clinic is within your locality. It would also be prudent to visit the clinic and inquire about their booking policy. For instance, can you make an online appointment, or do you have to visit the clinic? Is the lead dentist available throughout the week? Assess the ambience of the clinic. For instance, if you have kids, check whether the clinic is family-friendly. For example, some clinics will have a kids' playing area to help kids get rid of dental anxiety as they await their turn to see the dentist. Adults would want a comfortable lounge with a water dispenser, coffee maker, Wi-Fi and cable TV. 

Training And Accreditation

Examine the dentist's credentials. For instance, other than a standard degree, some dentists will have post-graduate diplomas and continuous professional development training. Some dentists will have recognition by renowned medical journals. Besides, ensure that the dentist has a valid licence and membership to a professional dental organisation. 

Range Of Services 

Below are some services that a family dentist should provide: 

  • Dental check-ups, tooth extraction, root canals and fillings.
  • Preventive dentistry and consultation services to ensure your dental health. For example, the dentist could ask you to avoid drinks that stain your teeth.
  • Cosmetic dentistry such as tooth alignment, tooth whitening and installation of dentures.
  • Treating tooth diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis and gum disease.
  • Dental surgeries such as jaw, root end and periapical surgery.
  • Dental emergencies such as broken jaws, knocked-out teeth and dental infections could compel you to visit the dentist during odd hours. Therefore, assess whether the dentist offers emergency services. 

Personality 

You are likely to create a long-term relationship with your dentist. Therefore, examine the dentist's personality to establish whether you can openly speak to them. Besides, your family members should be comfortable when visiting the dentist. Remember, a family dentist should be someone your kids are eager to meet, even if they will come back home without a tooth. 

When choosing a family dentist, assess the location of their clinic, the dentist's training, range of services and personality. 

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5 August 2021

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