Choosing the right dentist for you and your family is an important decision. Get it right and it will hopefully be a trusted relationship that will last for years! But what should you consider? The points below are a quick guide to some of the things you might want to think about.
The important bit
All those working in dentistry, whether a dentist, dental nurse, dental hygienist or dental technician must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). This is the organisation responsible for the regulation of dental professionals in Britain. The GDC website is a pretty useful tool for checking what qualifications your dentist holds, as well as the level of care you should expect. And on the subject of care, as well as dentistry professionals being personally registered, the practice itself needs to be listed with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The UK’s independent regulator of health & social care, the CQC website provides advice, as well as inspection reports.
Credentials and expertise
It stands to reason that your dentist will be qualified, and the websites above will help determine that. But what other skills and experience does your dentist have? Some are brilliant at caring for anxious patients, others are experts at cosmetic dentistry, such as Invisalign. If you have a young family, you will want a practice that is used to dealing with children and will have the patience to do so! And on the subject of children, there are things you can do to prepare your children for the dentist, more about that here.
The practice and the team
Gone are the days of cold, unwelcoming and let’s face it, slightly scary, dental practices! The practice you choose should be friendly and welcoming, with comfortable surroundings and a place to relax while you await your treatment. Give the practice a call, are the staff helpful and well-informed? You can tell a lot about a company from the reception staff! The dental professional you are having treatment with should be approachable, patient and sympathetic and you should feel comfortable to ask questions and go at the pace that’s right for you.
Hours, location and costs
Choose a practice that is easy and convenient for you to travel to from home or work – it will make attending regular check-ups far easier and will also help you arrive on time! How easy is it to park and does the practice offer lunchtime appointments? This can be particularly useful if you need to fit your appointments around work or family life.
A good practice should be very upfront about their pricing structures and may also offer Dental Care Plans to make it simpler for you to determine affordability. Ensure the practice you select make their cancellation policy clear as well, and remember that if you don’t cancel your appointment in time, you may be liable to pay a charge.
We hope this helps! Get in touch if you’d like to know more about Rectory House Dental Practice and the services we offer – we’d love to meet you.