Regular visits to the dentist, along with regular brushing and flossing, are integral to achieving good oral health. Think of finding a good dental professional as an investment in your overall health — or better yet, a partnership. And like other forms of partnerships, your relationship with your dentist should be based not only on their credentials and competence, but also (and equally importantly) on trust and on your confidence in their capabilities.
As such, it is important to always ask your dentist questions — right from the start when you are beginning your search for a family dentist, and right down to the moment when you are about to undergo a dental treatment. In turn, your chosen dental professional should satisfactorily answer your questions to allay fears, give you options to choose from, or simply help you prepare before undergoing a treatment. In interviewing a dentist, North Sydney residents should ask the following questions.
When you are just searching for a dentist, he or she should be upfront about the costs of the services he or she offers. In relation to this, you should ask which modes of payment are available. Those with health insurance may want to ask the dentist if their fund covers services and whether HICAPS is available for instant claims processing. You should also ask the dentist what treatments and procedures are available to patients.
During regular check-ups, you should ask about the condition of your mouth, whether it looks healthy or not. You might also want to ask your dental professional about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This may include finding out which foods are best for healthy teeth and gums.
Dentists often recommend treatments for their patients. As such, you should ask them if they are completely necessary or cosmetic procedures. It might also be a good idea to ask if the procedure needs to be done immediately or if you can undergo it at a later date.
If you do choose to undergo a dental treatment, you should be well informed about several matters prior to treatment. You should be made aware of any side effects, the type of anaesthesia to be used, alternative treatments, the presence or absence of pain, post-treatment care and follow-up procedures.
If you are a parent, your dentist will be your greatest ally in keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy. As such, do not be shy or embarrassed about asking questions like nutritional advice, how to clean your child’s teeth and addressing any potential dental problems and treatments. But most important of all, you should ask your doctor how to allay the fears of your child and how to make visits more comfortable for the both of you.
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