Whatever the reason is for your search, you need to find a dental professional who meets your needs and expectations.
Dental treatment is a very personalized service that requires a good relationship between the dentist and the patient. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if he/she is the right dentist for you.
Here are some tips that can help you in choosing your new dentist:
Ask your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers for referrals. If you are moving, maybe your current dentist can make any suggestions. Search the Ontario Dental Association website.
Office location, availability, technologies used and a clean and organized place are factors that should be considered before scheduling your first appointment.
An informative website and photos can also be helpful in your decision.
On your first visit, do not be shy and ask all questions about treatment. This is how you can determine if the professional is competent or not. If you do not feel safe or confident, continue your search.
Ensure that during treatment the professional teaches you how to take care of your teeth to prevent future problems. This shows that he/she cares about your oral health and is not only interested in making profit.
Evaluate the whole team working in the dental office: the receptionists will help you with paper work, the hygienists who are responsible for cleaning your teeth and some gum treatments, and even the assistants who will help the dentist during procedures. An efficient team makes a better difference.
Take into consideration that a good general dentist has to be able to treat patients of all ages and offer a wide range of services. Another factor to consider is if the dentist is up to date with new technology and further educates him/her by taking takes courses every year.