A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
Dental checkups are an essential part of health care for your family. Finding a dentist that you are comfortable with and will see both you and your children is not always easy but is much more convenient than having a separate dentist for you and your kids.
Ask Your Friends
One of the best ways to find a new dentist is to ask your friends and family who they use. Often, they will recommend somebody that they have seen and felt comfortable with. If they did not feel comfortable with the dentist, they probably would not recommend them to you. Once you have some recommendations from your friends, take the time to search online and see what you can find for reviews. It can help you get started finding a dentist to see.
Insurance And Financial Concerns
One concern many people have when visiting a new dentist is whether their insurance company will work with this office. Not every insurance company works with every dental practice, so ask at the front desk when you first go in or even when you set up your appointment to see if they work with your insurance. If you don't have insurance coverage, let the receptionist or office manager know that up front and ask about payment plans or sliding scale payments to help cover the cost. Not every dental office will accept cash payment, but it is more common than it used to be.
The First Visit
The first visit to a new dentist can be stressful, especially if you have some anxiety over visiting the dentist to begin with. When you start to see a new dentist, you might not know what to expect, which can raise that anxiety level even higher. Talk to the dental assistant about your anxiety so they can help you relax before the dentist comes in. The staff will make the dentist aware of your concerns, and in most cases, the dentist will explain everything and try to make you feel as comfortable as possible while you're there. If you do not feel comfortable with the dentist, it is okay to continue looking for one that feels like a better fit for you and your family.
For some people, it is essential to find a dentist that can deal with particular situations. If you have children with braces, someone in the family with dentures, or conditions that make it hard to keep your teeth healthy, it is essential to find a dentist that knows how to deal with these things. While these situations may require a specialist and not a regular dentist, your regular dentist still needs to know how to perform services, such as cleanings or other dental work, in spite of the special circumstances.