Having a family dentist just like having a family physician is very important. From taking care of your child’s first tooth to making the dentures for the geriatric patients…a dentist not only takes care of all the dental needs, but also helps prevent them.
Periodic (6 monthly) visits to the dentist are recommended to ensure the dentist is able to prevent formation or progression of any dental issue.
Other than dental caries, there are serious issues like oral cancer and other systemic diseases which have oral manifestations which can be detected and screened by your dentist at regular check ups.
Having a family dentist also ensures he knows your and your family’s medical and dental history. This includes keeping the x rays and other records and also knowing any drug interactions or allergies you may have.
While we understand the importance now, it is also imperative to choose a good dentist for yourself and your family…
Enlisting some of the qualities you should look for while choosing a dentist
It is the most important to go to a qualified dentist…who knows how to prevent, how to diagnose, when to treat, how to treat and also when required, call in other specialists.
To give you a brief idea, the basic qualification needed to practice dentistry in India is BDS – Bachelors in dental surgery.
After that comes the specialization, called as the post gradation. In India the post graduation is called as MDS – Masters in dental surgery.
For example, a root canal specialist is called as an Endodontist, a dentist who specializes in child dentistry is a Pedodontist.
Such information is usually available on websites, feel free to read, ask (politely) and then make an informed choice.
Another important aspect while searching your dentist is that he should be readily approachable. Your dental clinic should not be very far so that you can easily reach in case of an emergency.
Ask yourself the question,
If the answers are yes, then you have got your reason to smile bright.
A dental clinic should be clean and hygenic. From the moment you enter the dental clinic it should give a clean and calming vibe.
All the instruments should be properly sterilized. The doctor, assistant and all the other staff should be in clean and proper attire.
The last, but in now way the least factor is that a dentist should be trustworthy. You should be able to trust your dentist for proving the right treatment, for not overcharging and most importantly for helping you maintain a good relationship with your oral health.
lastly, when you do find your dentist, trust him, follow his advice and value him. Taking care of your oral hygiene is a team effort of you and your dentist, the better coordinated the team, the smoother the process and the better the results. Happy smiling.
Avoid waiting time and schedule your appointment as per your preference.