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Four Qualities to Look for in a New Dentist

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Circumstances dictate that you find a new dentist. How do you go about choosing the right one? While there are factors that may be unique to your family, there are several attributes that the right dental practice will possess. Use these four to decide if a given practice is worth investigating further.

Education and Training

One of the first things you want to know is what sort of education and training the North York dentists associated with the practice possess. Find out all you can about where they received their initial training and check the ratings for those schools. That will tell you a great deal about the foundational knowledge each dentist has to offer.

Take things one step further and find out if the dentist is a big believer in continuing education. Does the dentist regularly participate in events designed to provide more information about the latest dental techniques? If so, that dentist is definitely worth considering.

Practical Experience

While knowledge is great, it must be paired with practical experience. There’s something comforting in knowing you are receiving treatment from a dental professional who has several years of working with patients and providing them with the right solutions to their dental issues.

Keep in mind that the number of years the practice has been in business is not necessarily indicative of all the experience the dental team possesses. You may find that the dentist was previously associated with a different practice for several years. That tells you the professional likely has dealt with a wider range of dental problems and will know how to take care of you properly.

Rapport With the Patients

Being able to talk freely with your dentist and be taken seriously is important. The last thing you need is to voice a concern or ask a question only to have it dismissed or brushed to the side.

Dentists who understand the value of communication make time to talk with their patients and respond to any concerns that arise. This helps patients have more trust in the dentist and feel comfortable talking about dental issues and solutions. This is important, since what you have to say about some minor dental pain or the fact that there was swollen area under a tooth for a day or two could point to an issue that needs to be addressed now.

Professional Staff

A staff that is less than professional will make even the best dentist look bad to prospective patients. While much of your focus is on the expert who will take care of your teeth, never underestimate the impact that a professional team has on the experience. From the technician who prepares you for a checkup to the person who books your appointments, the demeanor must be friendly, efficient, and convey the impression that you are truly appreciated.

If you are looking for a new dental practice, call us today and set up an appointment. You’ll find that our reputation is one of the best in the area. After one appointment with us, you will never want to go anywhere else.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.


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