The Australian Dental Association (ADA) advises that every individual seriously considers who they choose to work on their teeth. They even go as far as providing a ‘find a dentist service’ which locates reputable dentists in your area. There are several questions that you need to ask yourself before choosing a dentist. The pricing of your dentist is important but it isn’t the only factor you should consider, affordable dental care is one thing but a quality affordable dentist is something much more.
The location of your dentists is greatly important. A long drive to your dentist during an emergency can be frustrating especially if you have multiple appointments. Do you want your dentist close to work or home? And have you noted the opening hours/after hours.
Check the services that your potential dentists offer? Some dentist refuse or do not have the right equipment for certain services and this should be noted just in case. Additionally, some dentists don’t participate in government schemes such as the Child dental benefits schedule which can be a significant determinant in a customer’s decision providing affordable dental care and dental plans on a budget.
Although it is not a requirement, a dentist may be practice accredited which means that they went through a difficult process and tests to meet a set of internationally-recognized healthcare standards. Which again is something to note in your decision.
Finding out these factors is not difficult at all and as suggested by the ADA should seriously be considered when looking for new dentist. Don’t just rush for affordable dental care, ask your old dentists, friends, family, and do your own research to get the best value for your money and quality service for your teeth.