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What to look for in a family dentist

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Are you looking for a dentist who can protect the oral health of your whole family? The right family dentist can look after the teeth of both adults and children, letting every member of the family enjoy good dental health. Here are five things to check for when looking for high-quality family dentistry in your local area. 

  1. Experience  in providing family dentistry

    The best family dentists have years of experience in caring for both children and adults. Check the website of the dentist or ask about their experience to find out whether they have the track record you expect. Children’s dental needs can be quite different from those of adults, so check that the dentist has the experience to cater to your family members’ individual needs. 

  2. Flexible office hours

    Missing work or taking your child out of school for a dental appointment can be a major inconvenience. Look for a family dental practice that offers weekend, evening, or lunchtime appointments to make your life easier. 

  3. Finance options

    It’s a good idea before registering with a dental practice to inquire beforehand if they offer payment options or honor benefits you can avail of. This way, you can maximise your entitlements to health funds and other schemes such as Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Scheme, discounts for Veterans’ Affairs/pensioners/students, etc.  Flexible payment plans can also help stagger costs in case any family member needs major dental work, so it’s always worth asking.

  4. A welcoming environment

    Dental checkups can be scary for children. Minimise their fear by choosing a dental office that has a welcoming environment and a comfortable, child-friendly waiting area. Some family dentists provide toys or books to keep children entertained while they wait to see the dentist. 

  5. Recommendations from other families

    The best family dentists receive good reviews from their patients. Search online for reviews of the dentists in your area or ask other parents for recommendations. Learning about other patients’ experiences can help you decide whether a dentist is right for your family. 

We welcome families into our practice and we look forward to assisting you and your family with your dental needs. Call our friendly reception staff today to book an appointment. 

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