When was the last time you went to the dentist?
Don’t wait until you have a toothache before you start looking for a dentist. Having a regular dentist will help you to prevent problems before they happen!
You should approach finding a dentist like you may do your family doctor – it is a relationship you are going to have into the future. Much like a hairdresser, you should find someone you like and trust.
One way to find a dentist is to ask family and friends for recommendations. If they’ve had a good experience with their dentist, it’s likely that you will too. Alternatively, you can use the Australian Dental Association’s Find a Dentist search tool
. If you are moving to another city and leaving your regular dentist, they may recommend someone once you have made the move.
Some things you can consider when searching for a dentist include:
- Are you looking for a dentist close to your home or work? Do they offer after-hours care?
- Does the practice have adequate parking, within walking distance or is it close to public transport?
- What services do they offer?
Some things to reflect on after you visit a dentist for the first time include:
- Were the dentist and the practice staff friendly and approachable? Were they able to provide information about fees, appointments and service availability?
- Did the dentist explain what they were doing in a way that you could understand? Were your concerns addressed?
- Did the dentist talk to you about preventive care, such as brushing and flossing?
- Was the practice clean and inviting?
It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for a thorough check-up and clean to maintain good oral health.
Source: Australian Dental Association – www.ada.org.au