Pst… hello, you. Yes, we’re talking about you: the person who would rather go to the DMV, wash your hair for the hundredth time, or even fold all the laundry you own than take care of one of the most essential components of your health. We’re talking about dental hygiene and, more specifically, those kind souls who poke and prod at teeth, mouth, and gums looking for symptoms of disease and decay. Yep, the dentist’s office. Ugh.
Sure, going to the dentist isn’t as exciting as some of your other appointments. But that doesn’t make it any less important for our long-term well-being. Neglecting your twice-yearly dental visit can not only harm your perfectly straight teeth and minty-fresh breath, but it can also have significant consequences for your general health. Poor dental hygiene has been associated with birth and pregnancy complications in women, heart infections, and cardiovascular disease.
While the evidence is piling up that oral health affects your overall health, the struggle is real. However, finding a great, compassionate, and attentive dentist who will listen to your unique needs helps those with this resistance.
Let’s look at some things you need to look out for when finding that perfect dentist in Boronia that will suit your family and their needs.
Experience Is Important
Education is a valuable advantage, but it will not ensure you receive the best dental care. After all, “experience is frequently the best teacher,” as the saying goes. While you should ensure that the dentist you are about to see has the proper education, you also want to look at their experience.
Be sure to choose a dentist who has been in the field for some time and has the right education. This combination will allow them to use the latest treatment technology and understand what treatment will work best in any situation.
You should look for genuine testimonials, not just what you find on their website. Look at their social media and Google reviews. What are others having to say about the practice? Always take into consideration that nobody can please everyone. If there are negative reviews, consider them but read what the response to them is. Did the practice have a solution? Things happen, and not everyone will love every practice, but how the office handles these situations is important.
Office Environment and Location
Whether you’re a parent looking for a new family dentist or a real estate entrepreneur trying to open a new business, one of the most important elements to consider is “location, location, location.” Some dentists may look enticing, but their glossy magazine adverts won’t help much when you drive an hour and a half each way—in the snow, uphill, and barefoot.
You want to find an accommodating, comfortable, and friendly dentist. You want to be comfortable with the office and staff, not just the dentist. Do they respect your wishes and listen to your requests? This is important and helps you feel noticed and more comfortable than you would with just any dentist.
When finding that perfect dental office for you and your family, remember that it might take some time. Call around, set up a meet and greet appointment but don’t give up. Your oral health depends on it.