How I find a dentist in my area
I want to be able to build up a friendly confident relationship with a
dentist in my area, so choosing the right one in the first place is essential. For those patients with few
dental problems necessitating only occasional visits, the dentist you choose may not seem important but, for those
needing more frequent treatment, your choice of dentist will be one of the most important decisions you
There are several considerations when I find a dentist in my area.
You want to feel confident in his skills as a dentist, as well as his ability to put you at your ease. If you have
children, you want to ensure that their dental experiences are relaxed and seen as routine, not something to
One of the best ways to choose a dentist is to ask around amongst family members, friends,
and work colleagues. Word-of-mouth recommendation is an excellent gauge of a dentist’s skills and his relationship
with his patients.
Location is a prime consideration when choosing a dentist. You will, of
course, be limited to a certain area if you do not have access to a car, or if public transport is not reliable. If
you can drive, you will be able to extend your search area, but bear in mind that you may not always have a handy
car. In an emergency, you will want to get to your dentist as soon as possible.
All the dentists in your area will be listed in the Yellow Pages telephone
directory, so this is a good place to start looking for addresses. Telephone one or, even better, go along
and see the premises for yourself; you will get a ‘feel’ for the place as soon as you step into the reception
If you like what you find, ask to make an appointment for initial check-ups for you and
for your family, a price list showing the costs of the various procedures the dentist carries out, his arrangements
for out-of-hours care, whether he has an in-house hygienist, orthodontist, and dental laboratory, or his referral
procedures if not, and how long you are likely to need to wait if you need an emergency appointment. Even for
patients who need very little in the way of treatment, there will come a time when the answers to all these queries
will suddenly become vital.
Another good place to find out about dental provision in your area is to ask the local
health authority. They will have a list of dentists who are currently taking on new patients, and they will also be
able to direct you to care in the event of an emergency before you have found a dentist of your own.
Your family doctor is another good source of information; a quick phone call to his
reception staff should give you a list of local dentists.
Sadly, some people think that dentistry is an insignificant part of overall health care
when, in fact, it is of the utmost importance. Without teeth, we are unable to eat properly so our diet becomes
compromised. This has a major effect on our health and wellbeing. If our teeth are painful to eat with, we limit
the foods we are able to eat and the way we eat them, resulting in digestion problems. Incorrectly-aligned teeth
can cause all sorts of other problems, even migraines. Your dentist won’t just check and treat your teeth. He will
also check your entire mouth, looking for signs and symptoms of disease, even oral cancers, so his work is vital
and should not be underestimated. Choose your dentist with care; you want him to become one of your best