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Can I trust my dentist?

 
If you’re one of the lucky ones and have never had to change dentist then this blog will be completely irrelevant! But for those who have had to find a new dentist they will know the pain and anguish that this can cause.

Moving home is one of biggest reasons of why people have to look for a new dentist and if you have moved to a new area where you don’t have any family or friends who can recommend a local dentist to you, how do you find a reputable surgery that you can trust to look after your oral health?

Here’s a few top tips to help you find a dentist you can trust and feel relaxed with.

Visit the clinic
You may not even have to step through the door to know that a surgery is not right for you. It may seem unfair but if you don’t like the look of a clinic from the outside then you’ve probably already made up your mind. When you do find a clinic that you’d like to visit, it’s important that you feel comfortable with your surroundings both in the waiting room and inside the treatment room. The team dealing with you from the receptionist to the hygienist will also be able to offer a lot of clues about the clinic; about how they treat other patients and how respectful they are of one and other. If you’re happy at this stage why not make a check-up appointment with one of the dentists to see how you get on.

Credentials

All dentists have to carry out CPD training as per the law. This is to ensure that they keep their knowledge and skills up to date to ensure they learn new techniques that can help a patient’s dental experience. All dentists need to log their CPD training which is normally completed through various dental courses in London and at various training centres around the UK. You can visit the GDC website and look up a dentist’s qualifications if you’d like to find out more about them: https://www.gdc-uk.org/

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If you are really unsure of finding a new dentist you may prefer to wait until you have made friends or started work so that you can ask for recommendations. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a trusted reliable service, after all people won’t recommend a place if they are not happy with them!

Social Media

Although social media isn’t always a good thing, using it to look up reviews can be helpful. If a patient has had cause to complain then they may have put a post on a social media platform. From this you will be able to see if the clinic has replied and resolved the issue and gauge how they dealt with the situation. Make sure you also read any Google reviews (https://www.quora.com/What-are-Google-reviews) for the clinic as these can also be a great indication of the service the surgery offers.
Good luck with finding your new dentist!


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