It is of up most importance for you to have a dentist who takes a sincere interest in your general health, as well as, your oral health. For successful dental care, it makes sense to select and become acquainted with a dentist before a dental emergency arises.
Dentists in general practice are fully qualified to provide all aspects of dental care. They will, however, refer certain cases to specialists, if necessary.
selecting a dentist in general practice, you may want to consider several.
Just because Dentists have dental degrees doesn't mean they all Practice
Alike. Here are some ways you can locate a qualified dentist: ask your
parents, friends, neighbors, or co-workers to recommend a dentist or speak
to your family physician or local pharmacist or contact a local dental
specialist, such as an oral surgeon, for a referral.
No dentist will begin treatment without your consent or approval. Your first appointment may be limited to a simple diagnostic consultation. If your oral health situation is particularly complex, it may be reassuring to consult another dentist for a second opinion.
By spending the small amount of time necessary to make an intelligent choice of a dentist, you will help create a harmonious relationship founded on mutual trust and respect.
It's a fact of life: State licensing boards attempt to establish minimum standards of practice in the community. Unfortunately, most of us choose to demand more than that from those with whom we place our trust and our family's health.
Consumers not only want to know how to spend their money wisely, they want assurances about the quality of dental care they receive. Because dental care is a highly personalized health service that varies from patient to patient, it is difficult to provide hard-and-fast rules about what is "good" dentistry. The following offers some broad but useful guidelines for the consumer.
can have a good experience with dentistry by making the right choice of
a family dentist and by practicing good oral health care at home between
dental visits. Be certain the practice stresses preventive care and that
24 hour emergency treatment is available. Expect the staff to be friendly
and treat you as an individual, not "another mouth." The office should
be comfortable, clean, and well organized. Don't be embarrassed to ask
the dentist about fees. The dentist and his/her staff should be willing
to discuss fees and/or financial arrangements in advance of treatment.
Regular dental checkups are an essential part of any prevention program. If you see your dentist regularly, any dental problems you have can be treated in their early stages. If you see a dentist only in an emergency, when you already have a serious problem, treatment may be much more costly. In the long run, nothing is more economical than the regular dental checkup.
Periodically, your dentist may ask you to have an X-ray examination. X-rays help your dentist find hidden conditions that can threaten your oral or general health. Treating these conditions at an early stage often prevents more serious damage and the need for more expensive treatment later.
The ADA recommends that dentists take X-rays only after consideration of their patients' individual needs. Your dentist should request that you have an X-ray examination only when it will benefit you.
You may have heard or read statements that question the safety of dental X-ray examinations. There is little reason for you to be concerned about safety when modern techniques and equipment are used. X-ray examinations are a necessary part of complete, comprehensive dental care.
techniques, such as topical fluoride applications and pit and fissure sealants
have reduced many dental problems. But these techniques cannot save your
teeth and reduce your dental costs unless you and your family share the
responsibility for your own oral health. Brushing and flossing the teeth
thoroughly at least once a day is necessary to remove plaque. Plaque is
the thin film of bacteria that forms on everyone's teeth and causes dental
caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) disease. Using a fluoride mouth
rinse and dentifrice (toothpaste or gel) accepted by the ADA's Council
on Dental Therapeutics helps make teeth stronger and more resistant to
decay. Eating nutritious meals and limiting the number of snacks you eat
is also important for maintaining your oral health.