Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: How to Look for A Reliable Dentist in Your New Neighbourhood

Thursday, 28 April 2016

How to Look for A Reliable Dentist in Your New Neighbourhood

So you’ve already moved into your new home. It could be across town or across the country but wherever it is, you know you will have to create a new network of friends and professionals in this area.

One of them is the dentist. This is especially important if you have kids that you regularly have to take to the dental clinic for cleanings, fillings, and emergencies. The task of finding a reliable one won’t be easy since you’ll have to consider your and your kid’s needs as well as phobias.

Don’t worry though. I’ve had enough moves in my life to know what it feels like to start all over again and look for a bunch of professionals who can help me such as accountants/carpenters/dentists/babysitters/gynaecologist.

This post is pretty special since we’ll only be talking about dentists. Dental health is important than you realize. Your smile can make a big difference to how you look and many of the most serious conditions can be detected simply by looking at your dental health.

So don’t settle for the nearest dentist in your new home just yet. We give you tips to looking for a reliable dentist in your new neighbourhood.

1.    Do a local search online

The amazing thing about Google is that it just keeps on getting better every year. Their goal is to provide users, such as you, with the most relevant results possible and relevant results you shall get if you type the words “dentist + ‘your area’” on the search bar. For example, if you live in the Gold Coast area of Australia, you can type in Dentist Gold Coast and relevant results will show up.

Google will list down the dentists in your area and even show reviews, ratings, and other details about the dental clinic such as the name, address, phone number, and business hours.

Be careful though. You want to do a deep, thorough research of your own and not rely on search engine results alone. Remember that search results can be manipulated.

2.    Check their office

I recommend listing down the list of prospective dentists you see that you like and pay them a visit within the week. Their office should be a good enough indicator of whether they are qualified or not.

The office should have policies on infection control. Ask questions to their staff. If they seem uncomfortable answering your questions, it could be that they are hiding something or are guilty of dental practices that are not allowed. Whatever it is, if you smell something fishy, don’t hesitate to look for another dentist.

3.    Gauge your children’s personal comfort

This is an important factor to consider since dental phobia is not only common in kids but also adults. So if you don’t feel comfortable with the dentist, there’s a great chance your kids might not be too.

Look for a dentist who genuinely listens to what you have to say, like queries or symptoms. They should understand your concern and provide you with a solution that is just right for you.

You can also take your kids with you during the search. Not everyone is great with kids but the right dentist should be able to handle kids decently without evoking even more fear that they already feel just by lying down helplessly on the dentist’s chair.

Monterey Keys Dental Surgery operations are often administered in a way where they gauge a child’s level of comfort first and if it doesn’t meet the level that’s safe enough for the dentist to operate, then the appointment can be rescheduled at another time.

4.    Ask if they have emergency care

A good dentist should be able to address your needs during emergencies and not just refer you to a hospital emergency room. If they aren’t available at the moment, they should be able to provide you with a substitute.

Just follow these tips and you should be on your way to finding a dentist in your neighbourhood who’ll be able to take care of your needs.

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