How I find a dentist in my area
I want to be able to build up a friendly confident
relationship with a dentist in my area, so choosing the right one in the first place is
For those patients with few dental problems necessitating
only occasional visits, the dentist you choose may not seem important but, for those needing more frequent
treatment, your choice of dentist will be one of the most important decisions you make.
There are several considerations when I find a
dentist in my area. You
want to feel confident in his skills as a dentist, as well as his ability to put you at your
ease. If you have children, you want to
ensure that their dental experiences are relaxed and seen as routine, not something to
One of the best ways to choose a
dentist is to ask around amongst family members, friends, and
work colleagues. Word-of-mouth recommendation is an excellent gauge of a dentist’s skills and his relationship with
Location is a prime consideration when choosing a
dentist. You will, of course, be limited to a certain area if
you do not have access to a car, or if public transport is not reliable. If you can drive, you will be able to
extend your search area, but bear in mind that you may not always have a handy car. In an emergency, you will want
to get to your dentist as soon as possible.
All the dentists in your area will be listed in the
Yellow Pages telephone directory, so this is a good place to start
looking for addresses. Telephone one or, even better, go along and see the premises for yourself; you will get a
‘feel’ for the place as soon as you step into the reception area.
If you like what you find, ask to make an appointment for
initial check-ups for you and for your family, a price list showing the costs of the various procedures the dentist
carries out, his arrangements for out-of-hours care, whether he has an in-house hygienist, orthodontist, and dental
laboratory, or his referral procedures if not, and how long you are likely to need to wait if you need an emergency
Even for patients who need very little in the way of
treatment, there will come a time when the answers to all these questions will suddenly become vital.
Another good place to find out
aboutdental care in
your area is to ask the local health authority. They will have a
list of dentists who are currently taking on new patients, and they will also be able to direct you to care in the
event of an emergency before you have found a dentist of your own.
Your family doctor is another good source of information; a quick phone call to
his reception staff should give you a list of local dentists.
Sadly, some people think that dentistry is an
insignificant part of overall health care when, in fact, it is
of the utmost importance. Without teeth, we are unable to eat properly so our diet becomes
This has a major effect on our health and wellbeing. If our
teeth are painful to eat with, we limit the foods we are able to eat and the way we eat them, resulting in
Incorrectly-aligned teeth can cause all sorts of
other problems, even migraines. Your dentist won’t just check
and treat your teeth.
He will also check your entire mouth, looking for signs and
symptoms of disease, even oral cancers, so his work is vital and should not be underestimated.
Choose the dentist in your area with care; you want
her to become one of your best