Sparkle Dental Care

What to Look for When Choosing a New Dentist

October 31, 2018
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Posted By: Dr Sobiya Pathmalinkam
Woman at the Dentist | Sparkle Dental Care

There are a number of instances where it might be necessary to shop around for a new dentist. Perhaps you have moved to a different area. Maybe your regular dentist retired. Whatever the reason, you need a new dentist, and it’s best to find one before you need one—that is, when you have a dental emergency.

One way to come up with a list of names is to punch into your phone or tablet ‘dentist near me in Bayside, VIC.’ But when a large number of clinics pop up, how do you choose the right one?

Look at Their Website

Few decisions are made these days about shops, restaurants, or health care practitioners without taking a look at their online presence. Although a lovely website doesn’t make for a lovely dentist, a website should give you some of the essentials of the clinic, including services offered and the characteristics of the staff. Clear contact details and information about what you can expect on a first visit are also helpful.

Look at Their Qualifications

Most dental websites include a ‘meet the team’ section, with full-on mugshots and blurbs about their qualifications. You can usually read up on the degree acronyms listed in the biography for each dentist. If you want to find out more, you can call the surgery, and a helpful team member should be able to help you understand which dentist might best suit your needs.

Find Out More at Your First Visit

From your initial enquiries with the clinic all the way through any follow-up dental care that might need to be arranged, you should feel welcomed and comfortable. You should never feel pressured into any treatment. Rather, you should be able to carry on a friendly chat, which will further help you decide whether or not this practice will be a ‘good fit.’

We look forward to the opportunity to be your ‘dentist near me’ in the Bayside, VIC area. We invite you to call Sparkle Dental Care to find out more.

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