When you are starting a family, or are simply looking for a new dentist to oversee your family’s dental care, it can be a bit tricky to know what to look for to ensure everyone’s needs are met.
If you are the type of dental patient who only visits your dental surgery twice a year for a check-up, then it may not seem important which dental surgery you choose. But if you have younger children, or are planning to add to your family, there may be a few more things to consider when looking for a Coorparoo family dental practice.
And of course, with more dental surgeries offering a wider range of treatments, even cosmetic procedures, it can be a great time saver to choose a dentist who offers a myriad of different
procedures, should you want to spruce up your smile in the future!
So what should you look for in a family dental practice? Read on to find out!
Of course, any dentist you choose should be able to offer a standard check-up, but as dentistry grows, what is considered general dentistry is growing too.
Indeed, many dental teams now recommend an additional yearly visit to a hygienist as a minimum requirement for all people, while others also state that oral cancer screenings should be performed regularly. Therefore, depending on your lifestyle (whether you smoke), and if you have a history of gum disease in your family, check that any dental practice you shortlist is able to offer these treatments and a lot more besides.
Cosmetic dental options
Who’s to say that a trip to the dentist is all about filling cavities?
Cosmetic dentistry is a booming area and with more surgeries able to offer cosmetic options at a fraction of the price, it may be worth enquiring about the cosmetic procedures that your shortlisted dentist can offer. After all, a great-looking smile is an instant confidence booster!
Many dental surgeries are able to offer emergency appointments, should you need to see a dental team immediately.
However, depending on whether you have access to a car, you may want to enquire with your local dental team if they offer a 24-hour emergency dentist, so you won’t have to wait for public transport should your emergency begin in the middle of the night.
As mentioned earlier, if you are looking to start or add to your family, it is worth exploring if your nearby dentist offers pregnancy dentistry.
Far beyond a mere biannual check-up, this field of dental care includes prescription mouthwash, potential removal of benign growths in the oral tissue, alongside the application of fluoride sealants. So, any shortlisted dental practice should be able to offer these treatments if you are planning to have children.
Do dental check-ups make you nervous?
Ask about the treatment options for nervous dental patients, and enquire into whether the surgery is able to recommend secondary help for dental anxiety, such as phobia counseling or online classes.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.