Your teeth, once you lose them they don’t grow back. But the only risk to your mouth, and your health, isn’t just losing them. You could suffer from missing or failing teeth, as well as gum disease. In fact, poorly taken care of teeth can lead to heart issues and more, and cavities in a pregnant mother’s teeth can even affect the health of her baby.
Knowing all of that, it makes sense that you should be doing more than just calling the first dentist you find online, right? It makes sense that you may want to do a little bit of research first and find someone that offers what you want and need when it comes to your dental care. Ask these questions (and find the answers to them) before you decide who to entrust your dental care to.
What Do They Offer?
Different dental issues sometimes call for different types of dental professionals. Your regular dentist may not be able to extract an impacted tooth or a wisdom tooth that doesn’t fit. You may need to consider a dental surgeon, or maybe you need some teeth straightened and will need an orthodontist.
Some dentists don’t offer things like gas, for those that don’t want to be lucid for their dental repairs, for whatever reason. If you have an irrational fear of the dentist you aren’t going to want to go to a place that can’t sedate you, are you? Do the research.
Who Do They Offer It To?
Children’s dentistry is different than adult dentistry, and when you enter your senior years you’ll need different care as well. That’s why you need to make sure that the dentists you are looking at cater to what you need.
Do they not work on children, but you have young kids? Then they aren’t going to work for you. Do you have veneers, or false teeth, but it’s not something they specialize in? You may be better off finding someone that does.
Do They Take Your Insurance?
Insurance is important, but not everyone has it yet, especially for dental care. If you don’t have insurance you will want to try to find a place that helps people like you, with a special loan plan or maybe even a sliding fee scale.
If you do have insurance you will want to look at your coverage before picking a doctor. You may find that you get better savings with an in-network dentist, which means you will want to do some research to find one that is fully covered by your insurance plan.
How State Of The Art Are They?
Just like the entire world of medical care, things are constantly changing. Make sure that you pick a dentist that offers the most in state of the art equipment and dental care. You may want to look into how long they’ve been licensed and how often they upgrade their equipment.
It’s OK to call an office and ask them how often they upgrade equipment, or get work done and inspections on on them. A dental tool that is old and hasn’t had recent repairs on it could be faulty, and you may be the one that pays, sedated and sitting in that dental chair. So ask.
Dental care is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it’s better to get it done and have a healthy mouth!