CHOOSING A DENTIST
By having a regular dentist you are able to form an established relationship for your health. Your dentist will be familiar with your oral and general health history and understand any issues you may face. Through regular examinations your dentist can identify and diagnose problems early. Your dentist may also work with or refer you to a dental specialist depending on your treatment needs.
What to look for:
When choosing a dentist consider what is important to you, such as:
- Is the office easy to get to from your home and work?
- Do the hours fit within your schedule? (i.e. do you need an office that facilitates Saturday appointments).
- Is the office accessible to your entire family including very young children or frail seniors?
- Do they have arrangements for emergencies outside of office hours?
You may want to ask family members, co-workers or friends for a recommendation or use the Find a Dentist tool to find a dentist accepting new patients. If you are moving, ask your current dentist for a referral. Even across provinces or in small communities, your dentist may be able to provide a recommendation.
Working with your dentist:
Your dentist and dental staff are there to support your health. Be an active participant in your appointments so you can make informed decisions based on your dental health needs.
- Speak to your dentist about concerns with your mouth or any health issues that may impact care.
- Speak to your dentist about the examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Be aware of your dental plan coverage and any limits you may have. Remember that recommended treatment is based on your dental health needs and may not be not be covered.
- Ask what you can do at home to prevent dental disease and discuss the best recall exam schedule to meet your oral health care needs.