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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Family Health Care Tips: How to Choose a Family Dentist

by Myrtle Banks

Dental care is a key part of your family's health. Choosing the right dentist will not only guarantee good health for your family, but also save you abundant time and money for use in other parts of your life. Having said that, you should not settle on just any dentist, nor should you follow your friends' recommendations blindly. Here are a few tips on how to make an informed decision.

Costs and payment

It is critical to determine whether the dentist will accept your insurance. You should also inquire with your insurance provider on whether they cover payments for services offered by the dentist you are considering.

According to your insurance policy, you may be required to cover part of dentistry costs yourself. In such a case, check whether the payment methods provided by the dentist are agreeable to you; for instance, credit cards and personal checks. It is advisable to enquire on the costs of services not covered by insurance, just to make sure you can afford them before settling on the dentist.

Location and working hours

Your choice of dentist should be conveniently accessible. Where possible, choose a dentist close to work and home. This will make it easier for you to schedule visits and help you you keep your appointments. The dentist should also be compatible with your schedule, hence not forcing you to go out of your way to make appointments. Consider their availability after working hours and weekends, if that is when you have time for dental visits.

Professional qualifications

You do not want to entrust the health of your family on an unqualified or reckless dentist. This calls for you to ensure that the dentist you are considering is adequately trained and qualified. Check the dentist's qualification and accreditation via your insurance provider. Inquire whether the dentist is listed with local dentistry or health societies. You should also ensure that the dentist is licensed to practice dental care in your area.

Emergency care

Inquire beforehand how the dentist handles emergency cases. If something goes wrong, are you required to make an appointment or do they make exceptions for emergencies? Should you require immediate attention during office hours or during the night, would you get the assistance you need? This is an important consideration to make especially if you have children.

Reliability and convenience

You should be able to access your dentist without unnecessary hustle. Before settling on a dentist, check how long in advance you are required to book your appointments. A long waiting list indicates that you will have problems rescheduling appointments when you have to. 

Research local practices such as Colman Dentistry to start comparing and contrasting services and costs.