Many families have professionals they go to in times of need. When the car breaks down, they have a mechanic they rely on to fix their car. When they are ill and need medical treatment, they have a family doctor to care for them. Surprisingly, however, given the importance of good oral health to a person’s overall health and confidence, many families do not have a family dentist. Not only can the right dentist help keep your family’s teeth clean and healthy, but they can help children develop good oral hygiene habits they often carry into their adult lives.
If you are searching for a dentist for your family, sorting through all of the choices can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few things you should consider to help you find the right dentist for your family.
When looking for a family dentist one of the first things you should consider is the services provided by a dentist. The dental needs of children are much different from those that adults need. Be sure that the dentist you choose offers a wide variety of services to meet your family’s needs. The right dentist for your family should not only provide general dentistry for children and adults, but cosmetic dentistry as well. This will help ensure they are able to manage almost any dental needs that may arise.
Another thing to consider when searching for a family dentist is the dental office’s commitment to ongoing training. There are steady advances in science and technology, new tools, techniques and research. Dentists and staff who stay up-to-date on evolutions in the industry by attending workshops, conferences, certification courses and other types of continuing education – and are members of at least one or more dental associations- are more prepared to provide the best dental care than those who do not.
Along with ongoing training, dental offices equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment are better suited to diagnose oral issues and treat them more efficiently. Equipment such as digital radiography, intra-oral cameras, laser cavity detectors, lasers for periodontal therapy and cold sore treatments, as well as VELscopes for oral cancer scans, are all state-of-the-art instruments that allow dentists to provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment to their patients.
Cost is another factor to consider when searching for a family dentist. Be sure you know ahead of time if your dental insurance is accepted by your dentist. If not, you may need to pay out-of-pocket and then request re-imbursement from your insurance company, which can be troublesome. If you do not have dental insurance, some dental offices provide their own dental insurance plans or discount clubs, which can save you money.
While offering a wide variety of services, investing in ongoing training, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and cost are very important, ultimately it is the overall atmosphere of a dental office that determines which dentist is right for you and your family. Understandably, a visit to the dentist may be stressful for adults and children. If the staff of a dental office adds to that stress or if a dentist is insensitive to your pain or discomfort it can potentially make visiting the dentist regularly a nightmare. These negative experiences can also have long-lasting effects on children as well, causing them to fear the dentist’s office to receive the oral care they need.
When choosing the right dentist for your family, be sure that the dental office’s atmosphere is one that is caring and compassionate. Your dentist and his staff should be gentle and sensitive to your needs. They should be easy to work with and is sincerely interested in providing you the best dental care they can. By making your family’s dental visits as easy and as positive as possible, you can ensure that you and your family will make regular visits to the dentist a habit that will last a lifetime.