Moves, personality clashes, changing needs and even retirement can mean you suddenly find yourself in the market for a new dentist.
But no matter the reason for the change, picking a new dentist can be tough. Especially if you were with your last one for a while.
So if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or confused, don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal. But relax, because we’re here to help.
You need to decide on the type of dentist you want for primary care treatment. You can pick from three general categories.
Family dentistry: they can treat a wide variety of dental illnesses for any member of your family young or old. If you have family members of different ages living at home and would like to stick with one dentist, this pratitioner can typically treat everyone.
Specialist dentists: example orthodontists, etc. They handle a very specific dental treatment. Generally you will need to be referred to them. Check with your medical aid whether the costs are covered and to what extent.
Paediatric dentist: For dealing with kids and kiddie dental health issues. They are focused on making dentistry accessible to the young ones, and addressing the inherent fear.
One of the best ways to find a new dentist is to ask the people you trust the most, such as family and friends. Ask them if they would recommend their dentist. If so, what do they like most about him or her?
Remember to ask about how easy it is to get an appointment. And if they like the practice’s staff too. (Often overlooked, but REALLY important.)
And go ahead and check for online reviews if you like, too. But just be sure to take them with a grain of salt. One angry review shouldn’t deter you from checking into a dentist further. Only dismiss him or her entirely if it looks like a pattern.