10 Questions to Ask Your Dentist

There are certain questions you should ask before you choose a new dentist in Delta, BC. And preferably don’t wait till the drill or the saliva suction pump are in your mouth to pop these questions. Not only is it hard to ask anything with your mouth wide open, but you will have missed the right moment to make the choice.

The choice you make can be very important. Good dental care involves a long-term relationship between you and your dentist, regular visits for check-ups, and a built-up history of dental work you have either had done, or will need to have done in the future.

Why You Need a Good Dentist

Your dental and oral health have a major effect on your body’s general state of well-being. Poor oral hygiene and slackness regarding check-ups don’t only affect your smile. They can also lead to a serious progression of health problems.  While damage to your teeth and the gums and bones that support them is highly likely, poor oral health can also contribute to secondary health issues such as heart and respiratory disease, as well as diabetes and osteoporosis. It can even possibly lead to the onset of oral cancer.

According to statistics, two of every 150 men, and one of 150 women, are likely to develop this type of cancer at some point. Poor oral health and care can contribute to the likelihood of your doing so, and early detection is one of the best ways of ensuring a positive outcome.

10 questions that will help you find the right dentist

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  1. Qualifications and experience: Does this dentist have a specialty? How long has he or she been practising? It’s best to choose a dentist who is accredited by a dental association. Ask about his or her qualifications and any extra training. Does the dentist undergo frequent training to keep up-to-date on developments in dentistry?
  2. Equipment and tools: Ask whether the dentist uses risk assessment tools that give a good idea of what your chances are of future decay and gum disease, and what the risk is of developing oral cancer. If you are at all worried about the possible effects of X-Rays, discuss your concerns and ask what approach your dentist takes to these.
  3. How the practice functions: What cleaning and check-up schedule does this practice recommend? Does it work on rotation or will you be in the hands of the same dentist every time? Who fills in when your dentist is sick or on vacation? Having that same dentist treating you or your family every time, is helpful in building a long-term relationship built on trust and a shared knowledge of your dental history.
  4. Emergency treatment: What happens if you need to see a dentist right away? When you or your family have a dental crisis like an abscess or severe pain following injury, can the dentist provide immediate treatment?
  5. Location: Ease of access can make a great deal of difference when it comes to emergencies, as well as keeping a regular check-up and cleaning routine.
  6. Relationship with children: Ask about the dentist’s experience with treating children. Look around the waiting room for a hint as to whether or not the practice is child friendly. If you have children, you want their early experience of dentist’s visits to be pleasant. Unhappy memories can lead to life-long phobia regarding dentistry. Around 12 million Americans don’t use dentists because they are too anxious about the process, and several million simply avoid regular visits.
  7. Oral hygiene programs: Discuss your current oral hygiene program, and ask for advice on how you can better it to avoid future dental issues.
  8. Your current oral health status: Ask a prospective dentist for an evaluation of your current oral health. Seek an opinion on what work you will need done in the future, what treatment options there are, and how much they will cost.
  9. Payment options: Check if your insurance is accepted, and enquire about any payment plans available for payment.
  10. References and reviews: A great deal of this information is available on the internet. But you can also ask neighbours and colleagues for recommendations.

Finding answers might seem like too much trouble, but it is time well spent. Consider it an investment in a long-term relationship with your new dentist. He or she can make a great deal of difference regarding your and your family’s dental and general health.