Frequently Asked Questions

General

Date Posted: 1/1/2002

Question
How do I find a good dentist?

Answer
10 TIPS ON FINDING A GOOD DENTIST

1. ADA MEMBER
Look for an ADA (Australian Dental Association) Member.ADA Members- agree to abide by a code of ethics- participate in on-going education.

2. PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION
Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers, family doctor or previous dentist for their recommendation.

3. LOCATION
Will your dentist be located near your home or work? Will the surgery be convenient for you? Ask about the availability of after-hours emergency services.

4. COMMUNICATION
Consider the friendliness and helpfulness of the dentist and his/her staff. Are they willing to answer your questions and readily provide information?

5. CLEAN
Is the practice clean, tidy and hygienic? If you have questions on infection control are they answered? Are instruments sterilsed? Do staff wear gloves and masks, and offer you protective eyewear?

6. RESPECT
Does the dentist appreciate that your time is important, allowing, of course, for the unpredictability of some procedures, e.g. emergencies?

7. MEDICAL HISTORY
Does your dentist take interest in your medical and dental history and listen to your concerns about having dental treatment?

8. EXAMINATION
Does the dentist examine all your teeth and your gums thoroughly and regularly?

9. OPTIONS & ESTIMATES
Does the dentist present you with treatment options and explain them so that you understand? Does the dentist give you pre-treatment cost estimates and inform you of variations as they occur?

10. SHARED PLANNING
Does the dentist have a long-term view of your dental health - with a plan that you arrived at together, including seeing you regularly to help maintain optimal health?



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