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5 signs you should consider changing your dentist

5 Signs it is time to switch to a different dentistSitting in the dentist’s chair is not at all pleasant sight. But you cannot avoid this as it is vital for maintaining good oral health. But visiting a dentist that is not experienced or treats you well, will not be of much use. It is imperative to choose a dentist who knows his job and is well experienced.

If you already are visiting a dentist but not sure whether your dentist is good enough or not? Here are some of the telltale signs that tell you that it is high time to consider changing your dentist:

  1. Inability to meet American Dental Association (ADA) standards

If your dentist offers poor services, then it is time to change your dentist. You should never put up with terrible practices by dentists whether it is in the area of failure to sterilize equipment or lack of up-to-date facilities. Your dental health should be of paramount importance to your dentist, and in a situation where they handle your issue with indifference and gross recklessness, you need to do what is best for you and seek better dental care elsewhere.

At first, most dentists promise the finest service delivery only for you to find out it is all a mirage. The environment is not hygienic, equipment is not properly handled and the staff is not friendly. In any case, a safe practice that meets ADA specifications is what you need.

  1. Dentist doesn’t take into account the medical history before starting the treatment

The first thing that a professional dentist must do before assessing your dental problems is to take a full medical history of his patients. If your dentist doesn’t take into account your history as certain conditions and medications may affect the way your teeth react to a particular treatment. A dentist, who doesn’t know about the underlying problems, will just be performing unsuccessful treatments.

  1. Exhibit inappropriate behavior

Most of the patients who visit the dentist have the fear and anxiety of dental chair or equipment and it is very important for the dentist to be polite and understanding. If your dentist is rude or fail to calm you before the dental procedure, then it is a warning bell. It is time for you to look for a dentist who is tolerant and support you throughout the dental procedures.

  1. Dentist tells you that you need not see a specialist

In case your dentist says that you need not visit a specialist for orthodontics or implants and compels you to get the treatment from them, it is a warning bell. It requires hours of training and specialized knowledge to perform the specialized dental procedures. Ask the dentist to provide certificates to authenticate the claim that he or she can perform specialized procedure, reviews and testimonials of past patients and photographs of the procedure. In case the dentist fails to provide any of these, it is best in your interest to look for some other dentist.

  1. Dentist feels offended if you mention about a second opinion

If your dentist freaks out on the mention of another dentist or when you say that you intend to take second opinion, it is time to look for another dentist. A good dentist will always be confident about their findings and suggested treatment procedure and never freak out if you plan to take a second opinion.

Of course, there are other reasons, but these are just a few of the signs that you must watch out for.

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Dr. Jonathan Everett
Dr. Jonathan Everett received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington and completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Washington State University. During this time, Dr. Everett served as both the President of the American Student Dental Association chapter as well as the Student Council Vice President. As a board-member of DentPAC for the Washington State Dental Association, Dr. Everett fought to maintain the quality of dental care provided in Washington State by working with state legislators and advocating for patient-centered dentistry in Olympia.
Dr. Jonathan Everett
Dr. Jonathan Everett

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