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Useful Tips and Hints on Choosing a Dental Clinic

Preventive dental care is essential to maintaining your dental health. This includes brushing, flossing and regularly visiting a dentist to assess your dental health. Choosing a proper dental clinic is, therefore, very important. There are many dentists in your area, which actually makes it hard to find someone reliable like Dr. Caroline Krivuzoff-Sanderson. In this blog, she recommends a few useful tips to find a good dental clinic close to you. 

The first thing you need to do is research. You can check the dental clinics listed in your provincial or territorial regulatory authority or dental association. But recommendations from close friends and relatives are usually the most reliable way to find a good dentist. You can also ask your local pharmacist for recommendations as they would be familiar with the dentists in the area. Prepare a list and filter it using the following factors:  

  • Dental insurance and treatment costs 
    Dental procedures are expensive and not being covered by insurance could cost you an arm and a leg to save a tooth. Among the clinics that are covered under your insurance, it is always smart to choose a dental clinic that offers treatment at a reasonable rate because your regular insurance does not cover all dental procedures. However, clinics that offer cheap rates might not be reliable, so in order to make the right call compare the rates between different clinics for common procedures and stick to the ones that charge neither too high nor too low.  
  • Proximity and timings 
    Finding a dental clinic close to your home is very important to ensure that you can reach there quickly if you have a dental emergency. Check the clinic’s schedule to make sure they can accommodate you at timings that are suitable for you and find out what their policy is about missed appointments. Also, find out how they handle after-hour emergencies – stick with a clinic that offers emergency treatments around the clock. 
  • Experience and expertise 
    Dentists from reputed universities are more likely to be reliable than dentists who are not. Their job requires precision and skilled usage of tools which requires practice. You can make a more informed decision if you know where they studied and how long have they been practicing. If you are looking for treatment for a specific dental condition, check if they have experience in treating it. 

Once you narrow down your options based on the above factors, you should visit the clinics and check the standards of hygiene and staff response. Do the dentists and staff wear gloves? Is the office neat and organized? Is the dental equipment sterilized? How long does it take to get an appointment? Is the staff friendly and well informed? Many people experience anxiety when they enter a dental clinic for treatment. This is especially true for children. So if you have kids, make sure the dentists and staff exude a comforting presence to ease their dental experience. Read our blog on ways to alleviate dental anxiety in children.

Don’t wait till you have a tooth ache to find a dentist. Use these hints to find one as soon as possible. Dr. Caroline Krivuzoff-Sanderson dental clinic is dedicated to making every dental visit a satisfactory and positive experience. We offer a range of services such as general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, children’s care, sedation dentistry and sleep apnea treatment.  

Contact us today to book an appointment for a free consultation and an awesome office tour of our innovative clinic!