How to Choose a Family Dentist
Choosing a dentist that meets your family’s needs is an important step to ensuring good oral health. There are a lot of factors that go into making an educated decision because for most families, it’s a decision that can last a lifetime. When it comes to dental care, it’s always best to see the same dentist regularly.
Modern medicine is finding more and more evidence that your oral health affects the health of other systems in your body. At Dentistry Plus, we’ve seen many first-time patients who have come into our offices with great reluctance and apprehension, conditions that can keep you and your family members from enjoying a lifetime of good oral health. From the moment you step into Dentistry Plus’s pleasant, serene, and child-friendly environment you will see that our focus is on making the visit as comfortable as possible for you.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that the first step in choosing a new dentist is to list your needs. Critical concerns include location, hours of practice, language(s) spoken, and do they provide a generalist or specialist practice.
To find a dentist who’s right for you, use the following steps to guide your progress, beginning with asking for a referral from the dentist in the last community you lived. Use your social network: ask your family and friends if they can recommend a dentist. Check with your family doctor or neighbourhood pharmacist for referrals. Some provincial dental associations have Web sites that allow you to search for a dentist in your area as well there is Yellow Pages advertising and other online directories.
Next, check out the office’s logistics - how accessible is the office, what are the hours, is there parking or public transportation nearby, and what about dental emergencies. What languages are services offered in and are children welcomed by the practice. All of these questions should be answered before you even set foot in the dentist’s door.
Once you have narrowed your list to two or three names, call the dentists to see if they are accepting new patients, ask any of the logistics questions you may have, and check the attitude they have towards customer service.
Finally, visit the office, and speak with the dentist as well as members of their team. Were you treated with courtesy when you arrived, are the waiting room and offices neat, clean and well-organized – do you feel comfortable in this environment? At your first visit, ask the dentist about his or her approach to treatment, and is prevention part of the oral care plan. Can you communicate easily, and does she or he listen to your questions and concerns.
If you need a new dentist in Innisfil, contact the Dentistry Plus Orthodontics clinic at Stroud Dental at 705-436-6527 today. Dentistry Plus full-service dental clinics offer direct billing to your dental plan, accepts most assisted dental programs, emergency and new patients are always welcome at any of our seven locations in Bradford, Brantford, Burlington, Innisfil, Oshawa, Toronto, and Waterdown.