In contemporary society having a good general dentist whom you can trust is undeniably important. Without regular check ups an individuals gums, teeth and mouth can be subject to irreparable damage, which can only be treated and may become aesthetically displeasing.
This, however, is the negative way of looking at finding a dentist. Once they're found and check up appointments are regularly attended, the teeth can be sustained as very healthy and tips on preventative care can be followed. There are many different areas of dentistry including endodontics (specializing in the dental pulp) and periodontics (specializing in the gums), yet a general dentist's primary job is to serve the public and keep their teeth, gums and mouth healthy.
It can sometimes be difficult to find the right dentist for you, but luckily you are not alone and there are some hints which can help you find the right one.
Firstly, always listen to word of mouth (if you'll excuse the pun). Friends and family are always reliable sources of information on a Dentist or on a Dentist practice, but remember to look at the advice you receive objectively. One person's friendly' might be another's unprofessional', so gather some opinions and see who you like the sound of.
Often the signs of a good dentist can only be found during the first appointment. A good dentist will write notes on each of their patients and check every part of their teeth, gums and mouth for anything unusual or unhealthy so that this is documented from the get-go. This includes checking the jaw alignment and lymph nodes in the neck.
Once this routine check has been done, and done meticulously without rushing, the dentist may then suggest to you any dental work that they recommend you have done. This is where you will need to be aware of your own mouth. For instance, if you have had a filling done recently and the dentist claims that it needs to be replaced then be wary. Depending on the type of filling you have, it's likely to last between 7 (for composite resin) and 12 (for amalgam) years.
Lastly, before choosing your new dentist it's always a good idea to look up the individual practitioner, or the surgery before you sign anything. If there is a local Dental association nearby or you can find the number then ring up and ask for some details (after all, that's what they're there for), and if you're really stuck then ask at your doctor's surgery where the best dentists can be found.