Your dentist should consider you as a patient for life, not just a customer.
The best dentist always gives you the care that you and your family deserve.
If you’re trying to determine if your dentist is right for you, Mayfield Dental Care would like to share the following eleven things to look for.
They came highly recommended. This is kind of looking backwards, but family, friends, and professional acquaintances would not recommend a dentist to you unless they know that it’s a dentist who will take care of you, solve your problems, and provide an amazing experience.
They’re clean. When you get dental treatment, a wide variety of things go in your mouth. Arrays of tools, irrigators, even fingers go in and out.
And the mouth is the gateway to the body – one of the entryways for germs, bacteria, and other potentially threatening things. This is why cleanliness is so important at the dental office. You should ask to be sure everything that works inside the mouth is clean and sterilized.
Furthermore, these tools should be laid out on a sanitised staging area – tools should not be pulled out bags or drawers. Your dentist and staff should always wear gloves when working, and the gloves should be thrown out and replaced in between treatments and patients. While working on your teeth, your dentist should never touch any surrounding objects such as the chair, or a computer keyboard.
A ‘family’ atmosphere where time is taken. Dental treatment should not be rushed or impersonal. You should feel like a client and not just a patient. To give you optimal care a dental office needs to know you, your dental history, medical history, and your preferences.
You should feel at ease when you visit, happy to interact with a friendly and caring staff. This kind of relationship is not built instantly, but if, after time, you still feel like a cog in a machine, you may want to look for a more friendly practice.
Good relationships between the dentist and staff. This is related to the last point. The best doctors have a general attitude of caring and one that should extend to everyone in the office. It is worth taking a look at the way your dentist works with colleagues because it can give you an idea of overall management style.
A good dentist respects your time and resources. Being left waiting in the lobby, or being pressured to take a treatment that you feel is out of your budget is a sign that your dentist doesn’t respect your time or budget. Good dentists are as conscious of punctuality as you are, and they take your budget into account when planning your treatment.
A good dentist is an educator. A good dentist is interested in sharing with you the tools and knowledge you need to contribute to your own dental health.
The majority of dental care should take place at home. This means that a dentist who helps you determine what you are doing right and wrong, and teaches you how to improve your home dental care, is a dentist who cares for you, your health, and your wallet!
The right dentist uses your mouth as a guide to your overall health. More and more, science is revealing that dentists are at the first line of general health care.
A good dentist will check your mouth for signs of problems beyond gum disease and cavities. Many health issues show up in the mouth, including malnutrition, sleep apnea, circulatory issues, and some types of cancer. Your dentist should give your mouth a general exam during each visit!
Clear explanation. Good dentists are not only skilled with their eyes and hands, but with their brains and mouths as well.
After examination and diagnosis, a dentist should be able to explain the situation, potential treatments, pros and cons, and budgetary impact of what they have found. You should never feel pressured into a decision; rather you should feel that you have understood everything involved and that you are confident in your treatment choices.
Modern technology. This can be overdone, but it is good to know your dentist is using advanced technology, particularly things like X-ray machines, for which the newer models are much safer.
Making a Better Dental Future at Mayfield Dental Care
Mayfield Dental Care provides excellence in dentistry with the slogan, “Customer satisfaction must be our top most priority”. Our guiding principles are innovation, culture and care.
Our equipment is cutting-edge, and our outlook is forward-looking to provide you with the best dental experience you have ever had.
Our Dental Clinic is conveniently located in Mayfield, on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Hanbury St. Public transportation is nearby.
Mayfield Dental Care has world-class dental and orthodontic specialists, cutting-edge technology, caring support staff who are extremely experienced in the field, and a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Call us on (02) 4023 3885 or visit us at 181 Maitland Rd in Mayfield.