So are you planning to engage the services of a dentist? Well, this question should not be asked because visits to a dentist should be part of our lives. There is no such thing as forgoing the services of a dentist. It doesn’t matter whether you think your teeth are healthy and are in no immediate need for a dentist because healthy teeth or not, you still need a dentist for maintenance reasons. For those who have already relatively healthy teeth, you may be required to at least visit a dentist once or twice a year. As for those who have oral health issues, once or twice a month is a good enough frequency to make a dentist appointment. Now, if you already have the good sense of engaging the services of a dentist, there are some things that you need to look into.
Remember that not all dentists are good. There are those who are not that skillful yet but charge you with fees that are more than the professional fees of those dentists who already have a recognized name in the industry. There also those who will make a fool out of you at the very first opportunity and there will be those who will pretend that they know this and that mouth disease even if they haven’t encountered such problem before. Really, it’s crazy and before you lead yourself to unnecessary risks, it’s better to take the time first in understanding your prospect dentists first. Yeah, it’s a lot of hassle but hey, it’s your health and your money that are at risk here.
So what you need to do before you engage before you get a dentist are these:
1. Determine and understand your dental health benefits
Your selection of a dentist could be influenced by your dental health package. Well, this is for obvious reasons. If you attempt to get a dentist who is not credited by your insurance company, then you have to pay upfront for the dental services. So you better know first who are the dentists covered by your insurance company so you will not incur additional costs for availing dental services.
You also need to determine whether the dentist will give you a discount for services not covered by the insurance policy. For example, there are some insurance that will states that cavity filling is fully covered up to 3 teeth. So what if you have 4 teeth that needs to be filled? Will the dentist fill the remaining one free of charge or you will be asked to pay but with a discount? These things are important to know as it will save you a great deal of money.
2. Ask for referrals from your friends and relatives
You better inquire from your friends, acquaintances, relatives, officemates, and neighbors about their favorite dentists, about what their dentists are like. If you think these people cannot help you with your search for a good dentist then ask your personal doctor for a recommendation.
If the above strategies are fruitless, your best bet is to request from the Dentist governing body in your area for a list of local dentists who have business near your area of residence.
There are still other things that you can ask about before engaging a dentist but the above 2 should be your first steps.