When It’s Time to Hire a New Dentist
Sometimes we treat dentists like a pair of old jeans: we keep them around because they are comfortable, familiar, and looking for new ones is simply too difficult and time-consuming. And though we might have had the same dentist for most of our lives, there are plenty of reasons to “fire” the one you are currently with and look for a new one.
What are some showing indicators that it’s time to go shopping for a new dental team?
You Don’t Feel Valued or Respected
There are many dentists out there. However, some think that they are somehow above the rest and don’t have to make an effort with patient retention. The market is quite large in most centers, and even if you can’t find a local one, you can make an appointment with a dentist in Montreal or a different major city that you don’t mind travelling to every few months. It’s important that you see that your dentist cares about you and your satisfaction. If your dentist and his or her office don’t understand customer service, you certainly understand why you must leave them. Sometimes the receptionist is the culprit- and if so, it might be worth bringing up with the managing dentist.
Technology Is the Same It’s Been for Years
Dental technology has been moving forward in the last few years, offering new services, products, and tools for dentists and patients to use. If your dentist’s tools have been the same for the last decade and there has been no talk of an upgrade, it’s time to start looking for a change. If you are paying for dental services, you probably want to be benefitting from the best and newest options out there.
He or She is Always Available
This might sound a little off, but give this a thought: if they are always in the office, then when are they upgrading their skills, learning the newest techniques, and participating in industry conferences and seminars that expose them to ways to best serve you? When you visit your dentist, ask about what they have been doing recently to improve and develop their professional skills. If they are drawing a blank and can’t remember the last time that they attended anything industry-related, they clearly don’t care to be the best. Since you only have one set of adult teeth, you only want the best taking care of them.
Dentists should not just be cleaning your pearly whites and treating them if there’s an issue. They should also be advising you on how you can maintain good oral health on a day to day basis. From brushing techniques, recommending the best products, and educating on additional care, your dentist should make time to give you more than just a quick check up. If he or she is “too busy” to answer questions that you might have regarding oral health, new technology, procedures, or even financing your dental healthcare, it’s time to look for a new one.
Though it might initially feel like a betrayal, switching dentists is very normal. The first step is to discuss your displeasure with them directly, however, that doesn’t always work in your favour and improvements may never come. When jumping ship, be sure to “interview” new candidates instead of choosing just any other dentist. The point is to find someone who cares about their patients, uses current technology, invests in further training, and cares holistically about your dental health. Once you find one that you and your family appreciates and “checks all the boxes”, value your good fortune and hold on tight. Not everyone has a dentist they can “love”.