Finding dental care is just a fact of life. Good dental care will prevent cavities, pain and disfigurement. It will preserve your smile, your white teeth and your ability to enjoy food without the need for dentures.
To repair injured teeth is much more expensive than trying to prevent cavities and tooth removal. So finding dental care that meets the needs of you and your family is imperative to keeping your budget, your smile, and maintaining your nutrition.
Most often people are forced to finding dental care when they move away from their current dentist. There are a few things that you can do to increase the likelihood that you will find a dentist that you like, trust and believe.
First, after you’ve moved give yourself time to meet people that you feel you can trust. These people can provide you with referrals to dentists in your area that may meet your needs. Next you can ask for referrals from other professionals with whom you have contact such as doctors, attorneys, opthalmologists as well as people at your church.
Call your top three or four choices to be sure they are covered by your dental plan, if you have one. If you don’t have a dental plan you may want to ask if they will accept a payment plan so you can spread the payments out especially if you have more than one or two people being treated. A couple of cleanings and several dental visits and your bill can climb faster than you think.
If you do have a dental insurance plan you can also call the company. Your dental insurance may also be able to give you an idea about how well the office works with the insurance company and how happy the company is with the office. This isn’t always a good barometer of how well the office works but if the insurance company has consistent trouble receiving paper work it could also speak of other inconsistencies in the treatment of their patients.
After you’ve found a few choices your next step is to interview your new dentist. You’ll want to ask questions that are important to you. Some suggested questions would include information about their billing practices, payment expectations, dental cleanings and whether you’ll see a dentist with each cleaning; what the usual schedule is for x-rays and if you can refuse them or ask for them more frequently depending upon your preferences; how much time the dentist spends with his patients for education and whether or not they are available for emergency care on the weekends or after hours.
During your consultation with your potential dentist decide if you are satisfied with the way they communicate their plans and practice model with you. If you and your dentist aren’t compatible then you can move on to the next dentist. You want a fit with this professional that will last for years. Poor dental hygiene will lead to serious dental problems. When you have a good relationship with your dentist you are more likely to follow his advice and believe the education he is passing along to you.
Finding dental care in a new community doesn’t have to be a difficult situation and because good dental care is very important to your health and nutrition it is important to take the time that is needed to find a professional with whom you are comfortable.