What to look for in a family dentist in Calgary
If you are new to Calgary or if it is time to find a new dentist, then here is a balanced guide to help you identify if we are the right family dentist for you.
1. Ask around
Ask your friends, local family members and coworkers who their dentist is. If you have just moved and are new to the community, contact national or local dental groups for a referral to a dentist in your community. Riverbend Dental Health, a general dental practice, is one of your options for family dentistry in SE Calgary and SW Calgary.
“The best way to find a dentist is to ask around,”says Joseph Perno, DDS, FAGD, and vice president of the Academy of General Dentistry. “Friends or coworkers are going to refer someone (a dentist) with whom they are comfortable, happy and trust.”
2. Schedule a consultation.
If you are nervous or unsure, request a consultation with the dentist. Ask to see the dental office. Most dentists are happy to discuss treatment options and plans with potential patients. It is important to establish a good dentist/patient relationship right from the beginning.
Insurance coverage, billing procedures and payment plans may be discussed at this time.
“Consultations are very important,” says Dr. Perno. “It’s the patient’s opportunity to ask questions so they are comfortable.”
3. Test the dentist’s credentials and knowledge
Continuing education is essential in dentistry because technology and knowledge is ever-improving. It is important that your dentist keeps up to date on current dental trends and techniques.
Members of the Alberta Dental Association are required to take 60 hours of continuing education every two years. Dr. Strinhgam prefers to get this and more education in hands-on courses.
4. Start with something simple
After the consultation, set up an appointment for a simple cleaning. Use this appointment to get a feel for the office. Are they thorough in administrating the procedures and treatments? Is the staff devoted to quality care? Do you think the staff is personable? Did they spend enough time with you and answer all your questions? Do they make you feel important? Are they accommodating to your schedule?
5. Be comfortable
It is essential that the patient feels comfortable with the dentist and the dental office. If you have a good experience with your initial visit, it is a good indicator that this office is a good match for your needs.
Open communication is key to good oral hygiene and to continue a good dentist/patient relationship. Concerns as well as praises need to be communicated to the dentist.
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In the past, traditional silver amalgam fillings with a large mercury content were placed routinely. They still constitute the majority of restorative dentistry performed in dentistry today. Our office, however along with an increasing number of dental practices, no longer places this type of restoration for a number of reasons we would love to talk to you about in person.
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It can be devastating. Bad Breath can affect your personal life, your business life, your social life, and ultimately your love life.
We have seen patients who were told by dentists to just have a cleaning or brush and floss more. Millions of dollars are spent every year on mints and mouthwashes which are not only ineffective, but which actually can worsen the problem. Many patients have gone through sinus operations, tonsillectomies, digestive tract examinations, MRI, and x rays, all without relief. Worse yet, many doctors and dentists shrug off the problem, telling patients to stop worrying about it, leaving the patient without anywhere to turn.
But today there is a better way. With some simple and inexpensive treatment, halitosis can be controlled. A chemical called chlorine dioxide, found in several products available today, and some changes in home care along with improving gum health, can effectively control bad breath for the vast majority of patients. These products and personalized instruction on how to control bad breath are available at Riverbend Dental Health. If you have concerns about bad breath book a consultation today.
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We also know that it can be embarrassing to tell someone you know or care about that they suffer from Bad Breath. If you have a friend, loved one, or business associate who suffers from halitosis and whose life is being adversely affected by it, but who may be unaware of the problem, we would be happy to see them for a consultation.