6 Qualities to Look For in a Dentist
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Going to the dentist is probably one of the most put-off and dreaded events of for most people. It likely stems from the childhood memories of how the dentists were far scarier than they are now.
Going to the dentist is really important and should not be put off. I know it may not be enjoyable, but there is really nothing to fear when going to the dentist. That being said, there are definitely dentists that are better than others. Here are some things to look for that set the good ones apart.
The last thing you want in any professional in any field is someone who doesn't ask questions. Now, I am not referring to the awkward get to know you questions dentists like to ask only when your mouth is full of saliva. Asking questions helps your dentist to gain an understanding of the concern or symptoms that you are experiencing, leading them to an accurate diagnosis or treatment.
I would argue that even more important than just asking the questions is listening to what the patient says. It must be easy for any medical professional to come up with an idea of what they think is wrong and then miss other things that patient says because they are distracted by their own theory. Listening can help ensure that no critical information is missed, and you definitely want a dentist who listens to you.
I would hate to go to a dentist who took one look inside my mouth and told me I look fine. We need our dentists to take their time. They need to carefully look and ensure that they aren’t missing anything on the x-rays or in person. A thorough dentist will not miss indications of current problems and will also suggest fixes to potential problems that they see forming in your mouth.
This isn’t necessarily a requirement for a good dentist, you will find good dentists with varying experience levels. It is comforting though, knowing that your dentist is an experienced member of the dental community. They have seen a variety of issues, allowing them to have the knowledge and experience to get you the help you need. Along with this, feel free to ask them what dental associations they are a part of and if they participate in any continued education classes to keep them up to speed on the latest and greatest in the dental world.
This is one that many people don’t think of until you have a medical professional whose professionalism is lacking. Your health is a serious matter to you, and no medical professional should act cavalier or ambivalent about your feelings. While I always appreciate little reminders to floss, a dentist that is appalled that you have a cavity and gives you grief over it is not the person you should be visiting.
This one is a no brainer. You want a dentist who can treat any issue quickly and effectively. You want a dentist who, when performing a procedure, or even just doing a routine check-up, does so with skill and poise. You want to be able to trust your dentists, knowing that they are skilled enough to take care of you.
Finding a dentist who will provide you with top quality, uncompromised dental care is a must. Someone who will hear your concerns, do their best to understand them, and then provide you with top-quality care and treatment is the ideal dentist for anyone.
Looking at reviews can be a great way to get a feel for if a dentist will display these qualities or not. Some dental offices even offer a free first cleaning, so you can take the opportunity to try the next dentist out. Whatever you decide to do, don’t just settle for a dentist who doesn't have your best interest in mind.