As part of a renewed commitment to oral health, many individuals are looking for a new dentist in the New Year. Yet, with a dentist on every corner, which is best for you? As explained by the Future of Personal Health, here are five things to look for when choosing a dentist.
First, consider the level of technology. With the proliferation of digital techniques and methods spanning the last 25 years, the quality of care has increased dramatically in the arena of dentistry. For instance, digital x-rays not only provide detailed images needed to detect oral health issues early, they emit far less radiation than previous x-rays. In fact, a patient’s exposure to radiation is decreased by 90% with the use of digital technologies.
Second, is the dentist committed to ongoing education and advanced training? For many years, the skill level of dentists was relatively the same. Yet, along with advancements in digital technologies, there have been tremendous strides in clinical and administrative abilities. Meanwhile, the expectations of patients have increased, and rightfully so. Thus, to continue growing with the needs of the industry and the needs of patients, today’s dentist must be willing to update their skills regularly.
A third consideration when choosing a dentist is the friendliness of the staff, along with their ability to respond and schedule appointments in a timely manner. This includes a streamlined billing process that provides options for flexible financing. Furthermore, an important factor in choosing a dental office is cleanliness and a modern feel. From a psychological standpoint, when an office is clean and modern, patients are more likely to assume the same for the level of care and equipment.
Finally, patients appreciate dentists that are willing to devote time to serving others, both locally and abroad. In short, when a dentist is interested in giving back, it demonstrates confidence on behalf of the dentist. In turn, patients are more assured of the dentist’s abilities and expertise.
While choosing a new dentist can be daunting, dental care is vital to one’s oral and overall health. That’s why it’s worth the effort to find the right one for you.
At Grateful Dental in Marietta, Dr. Leia Porcaro is a trusted source for comprehensive dentistry in East Cobb and surrounding metro-Atlanta areas. From preventative dental treatments to restorative, cosmetic and on-site procedures for all ages, Dr. Porcaro is committed to cutting-edge dentistry that is comfortable and convenient. To schedule your appointment, call Grateful Dental today!