Why Choosing The Right Dentist Can Make All The Difference

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I've never really been fond of going to the dentist ever since I had to get my braces in the third grade.  Still to this day, I remember the foul taste from the mold batter they used to sculpt my teeth lines.  They said it was bubble gum-like flavors but if that's bubble gum, then I hate to see what the peppermint flavors taste like.  But, all kidding aside, I wasn't one of those people that made it a point to visit the dentist twice-a-year.  And as I get older, I tend to only go if there's an absolute emergency, whether it's sharp tooth pains or chipped enamel.  

But the more I step back and reflect, I've had to reconsider my position on why going to the dentist - and choosing the right one - can make all the difference in the world, both from a financial and comfortable standpoint.

Let's look at a couple reasons why settling down on the right dentist can be the right direction for you and a way to avoid getting dentures at an earlier age than normal.

First off, you want to make sure that the local dentist you've selected can be a good fit for the long run - not just the short-term.  What I mean is, you don't want to hop around from dentist to dentist because some dentists may operate a little different, or they might not catch something another one could.  Now I do understand that from an early age, it you have to get braces - which a majority of us have had to do - there are specialized orthodontists that do that over your regular dentist.  Whether it's more focused training or more tools at their disposal, an orthodontist is the one to call on for braces or *gasp* headgear.

Secondly, the reason it's important to have a reliable dentist is easy: comfortablity.  You want to know that you've got a dentist, whether it's a family friend or highly-recommended one, that can familiarize themselves with you and your teeth.  I mean, the most obvious fault of transitioning from dentist to dentist is the dilemma of not having archives of your X-rays, year-by-year teeth patterns, etc.  You want to be absolutely positive that your dentist can compare old X-ray scans with new ones so any future dental procedures can be rectified and thoroughly considered. 

The last reason comes from a financial aspect.  Taking into account all the aforementioned reasons, it can be more cost-effective to have a singular dentist.  Not only will you know the pricing - one aspect I'm sure that's high on the list of picking one out - but for any early cavities that might be discovered or enamel erosion that could potentially lead to root canals, you'll have paid a lower price to prepare your defense against that.

And those are just some of the reasons why selecting the right dentist can be crucial to the long-term wellness of your teeth.

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Kyle O'Brien has 26 articles online

Freelance writer and contributor for dentists in Kansas City and all the knowledge that comes from a dental office in Kansas City.

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This article was published on 2011/12/14