There are so many dentists offering their practice these days it’s a wonder there are more people who ignore their dental health. The growing number of dental professionals, however, makes the process of choosing one difficult, ironically.
Here is some advice to help you find a dentist you can work with toward better oral health.
Ask your family and friends
Your family and friends are your first option for helping you choose professionals or brands for just about anything. They can help you choose a dentist. Some families have one dentist (or family of dentists) from generation to generation. If that’s not the case in your family, ask your friends about a Tauranga dental hygienist or dentist they trust.
Come in for a check-up
This is your opportunity to find out if the dentist is a fit. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes of conversation with a dentist to determine if you feel comfortable with them. But it’s not just the dentist that you have to deal with; they have a staff, a practice, and these are also determiners of your comfort level. If there is no fit, consider looking for another dentist.
Ask your local dental association for recommendations
Your local dental association or society will gladly point you to a dentist in your area who may be the one you’re looking for. These societies are usually listed so get your phonebook and start looking them up. This is also a good option if you just recently moved into the neighbourhood and you don’t have anyone to ask just yet.
Factor in their schedule
There is no point in making an appointment with a dentist if you can’t keep it. Likewise, if they’re never available when you are, this could be a bother. Unless you don’t mind skipping work now and then for a dental appointment, look for a practice whose schedule agrees with yours.