Dentists have a responsibility to help guide and assist their patients in their quest for optimal dental health, through prevention as well as thorough diagnosis and treatment solutions. No two people are alike and every individual’s dental health goals will vary depending on factors such as age, activity level, and environmental influences. Therefore, it is important to find a dentist who can understand your individual needs so that you can be happy with your choice of practitioner.
The best way to ensure you receive adequate dental care at an affordable price is to do your homework. Here is an overview of what you should look for when choosing a dentist:
Find a dental office that is close to where you live or work. This allows for ease of care and convenience when scheduling or rescheduling appointments. Also, try to choose a dentist who has office hours that fit within your schedule.
Needs and Concerns
Choose a dentist based on your needs and concerns. It will reduce or avoid unwanted expenses during your treatment and maintenance visits, but most importantly, let you know how to take care of your teeth and gums so that they remain healthy for a lifetime.
Another important factor to consider is the cost of dental care. While the cost of dental care has increased significantly in recent years, significant discounts can be found at qualified dental practice facilities that are recommended by knowledgeable people.
Ask your dentist questions
Most dentist in Singapore has a patient advocate that can help you understand the process of receiving dental care. The advocate can give you a detailed explanation of what to expect at your next appointment so that you are prepared for this ongoing part of care. If an elder relative needs help to find an affordable dentist, ask her to call the Special Assistance Center so the details can be passed along.
What To Look For In A Referral
A dental referral is important because it can help to make an informed choice in selecting a dentist, who can best provide appropriate dental care. Here are some factors to consider:
First, know that a dentist in Singapore referral is not the same as a “recommendation”. A recommendation is when someone recommends someone else to you based on a personal experience or observation. On the other hand, a referral is based on actual knowledge of qualifications, experience, and competence. Make sure you ask the person who is recommending a dentist for answers to these questions:
- Where did he/she go to dental school?
- What level of training does the dentist have?
- Did he or she go through any continuing education courses or did they undergo additional training to remain current?
- Did he or she receive any specialised training in regard to back teeth and wisdom teeth?
- Was a dentist member of any professional associations, such as AADP (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), ADA (American Dental Association), or BDS.
- Is the dentist certified by an international organisation such as ICDL (International Congress of Dental Laboratory)?
Not all dental practices are created equal. Some practices will specialise in certain areas of dentistry such as paediatric dentistry, family dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry. Other practices offer comprehensive care for all areas of dental care and this is especially true for paediatric and family dentists in their choice of treatment measures.