Like all relationships, communication is the key to building and maintaining a healthy relationship with your dentist.
When you and your dental team have a great rapport, you can work together to ensure your oral health is being properly maintained and that your pearly whites are receiving the attention they need so you can keep smiling for years to come.
It’s a Two Way Street: How to Foster a Great Relationship With Your Dentist
As your dentist, we want you to talk to us. We know that to get you talking, you need to feel comfortable. That’s why, from the moment that you walk into our dental surgery, we try to help you feel relaxed and at ease. We know that visiting your dentist probably isn’t your favourite thing to do, but we go out of our way to ensure that we make you as comfortable as possible throughout your visit.
How We Make Your Dental Appointment an Almost Enjoyable Experience
When you walk through the doors of our dental practice, you’ll be greeted by a smiling member of our team. They’ll make note of your arrival and ask for you to take a seat in our comfy waiting room. If it’s your first visit you will be asked to complete some forms.
During your appointment you will have ample time to discuss any concerns you have in regards to your teeth and oral hygiene with your dentist. Our standard dental check up appointments are 30 minutes long so you’ll never be rushed and your dentist will have plenty of time to discuss your concerns with you.
As your appointment progresses, your dentist will continue to communicate with you. Each part of all procedures will be explained to you.
When it comes to treatment options, we believe an informed decision is the right decision.
To enable you to make an informed decision we will discuss all possible treatment options with you. We don’t just limit your options to the one we think you’ll like, or the treatments we want you to choose. We take the time to discuss possible outcomes with you for each option, including if you decide not to proceed with treatment. We believe this is the only way to ensure you are empowered to take ownership of your oral health.
Throughout your entire time with us, we focus on you as a person. You’re not just a tooth to us.
You might have booked an appointment to address a toothache, but we want to know what the rest of your mouth and general health is like also. There may be other issues that influence how the toothache you came in with is ultimately treated. We may discuss diet and lifestyle choices with you to ensure that these aren’t negatively impacting your oral health.
How You Can Help Us Help You
Taking ownership of your oral health will ensure you get the most out of your dental checkup. It will become an enjoyable experience, one we hope you will look forward to.
The first step in taking ownership of your oral health is scheduling and attending your check-ups regularly. This allows your dental team to take a proactive approach to your mouth health rather than taking reactive measures.
Not only will regular check-ups help your dentist catch important diagnosis early on, but attending your check-ups and sticking to your cleaning schedule will help prevent problems from developing in the first place.
Taking ownership also means you need to talk to your dentist. Let them know if you don’t understand the treatment options they are explaining. If it helps, bring a friend for support or take notes.
Your dentist also wants you to discuss your concerns and anxiety with them.
While you might have booked an appointment to take care of a cavity, it’s important to talk about any broader concerns you might have. If you have a family history of oral disease, for example, it’s important to let your dentist know so that they can be on the lookout for symptoms. They’ll also be able to overcome any doubts or fears you might be having of developing an issue.
Lastly, taking ownership of your oral hygiene requires honesty and candour. When we present you with treatment options be open with your dentist. If you have concerns over price, talk to your dentist about them. While dental care can be quite costly, many treatments take time and the cost of these treatments can be spread out over time making more expensive and beneficial treatments more affordable.
In working alongside your dentist and doing your part in maintaining your oral health, you’re developing a collaborative relationship which serves to better your oral hygiene and overall health. We definitely think it’s a worthwhile relationship.
For more information on the dental services we provide, or to book an appointment with one of our dentists,