Australian Dental Hub: Find Dentists, Tooth Care & Dental Tips
When it comes to taking care of your teeth, you really don’t want to get it wrong. Once your teeth are gone, they’re gone for good! As my mother used to say, “Only floss the teeth that you want to keep!”
So it’s important to know how to find a good dentist and what qualities to look for.
Not only that, but it is important to know as much information as possible about every procedure that you are considering, which is our aim here at The Dental Hub.
Dental Information We Cover:
Extraction: If you are considering getting a tooth removed and would like some information about the costs, procedure, benefits and things to consider, then be sure to read our tooth extraction guide.
Wisdom Teeth: We have put together a comprehensive overview of Wisdom Tooth removal costs and information.
Dental Insurance: Dental work can be expensive and many Australians have dental insurance to ensure that they are not left high and dry due to required dental work. Read our Dental Insurance Guide for more infiltration.
Dental Braces: Braces are very common nowadays and we have put together an extensive overview of dental braces costs and information to help you make an informed decision.
Dental Implants: Also quite common nowadays, if you are considering implants, be sure to view our dental implants cost and procedures overview.
Teeth Whitening: This is a popular topic nowadays and there are a range of teeth whitening products that we cover in detail, to help you make the best choice for your needs.
Guide To Choosing A Dentist:
Referrals from Family or Friends
This is perhaps the easiest way of finding out whether a dentist is any good or not. This is also the most common way people find dentists. Because it is a very vulnerable position to be in…with your mouth wide open and the dentist’s hands in your mouth… people want a dentist they can trust.
If your family or friends have had positive experiences with a dental practitioner, and they have recommended that you try them too, this is definitely a good sign. After all, it’s preferable to find a dentist that is easy to get along with.
However, bear in mind that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another, so don’t rely solely on referrals alone.
By the same token, on-line reviews can give a good indication is trustworthy and skilled. Many people use the web to find doctors, dentists and lawyers.
Ask your Doctor or Pharmacist
Your family physician or local pharmacist will probably have a list of good dentists in the surrounding area, and they may be able to provide you with some recommendations based on feedback from their patients. They may also know dentists in a professional capacity, and can base their referrals on medical credentials. Your insurance company may also be able to refer you to a dentist in your program.
Questions to Ask the Dental Practice
Recommendations from others can only help you so far. To really get a feel for the dental practice and the dentist, it’s important to know the right questions to ask. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and chat with the receptionist.
Cover the basics first and check the opening hours of the practice; make sure the hours will be convenient for you and your family. Also ask for directions to make sure the practice will be easy for you to get to.
Other important questions to ask include:
- What is their policy on missed or late appointments?
- Does the dentist do work under your health plan or insurance policy?
- Does the dentist endorse only products that contain the Australian Dental Association Seal of Approval
Next, you might want to ask some questions about the treating dentist. The answers to the following questions will tell you a lot about how experienced and professional the dentist is.
- Where did the dentist receive their training?
- Does the dentist attend events to continue their training, such as conferences or workshops? If so, how often?
- How does the dentist promote overall dental health, including preventive measures?
- What is the practice’s policy on emergency dentistry outside of normal working hours?
- Does the dentist provide nitrous oxide for pain?
Also ask about fees and pricing for procedures such as fillings, cleaning, general examination, tooth extraction and x-rays.
By asking around a little, you can find the best dentist and the best deal to suit your budget. If one has basically good teeth and then hopefully, the majority of dental related work is getting the teeth cleaned a few times per year.
Smiles are contagious. Be sure that yours is bright and shining with beautiful teeth!
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