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The Perfect Match for Your Teeth: Things to Look For When Choosing a Dentist

Whether you’ve just moved into the area, or simply want to locate a new dentist for yourself and your family, it’s important to ensure that you choose the right practice for your requirements.

However, with so many dental practices to choose from, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. If you’re struggling to select a local dentist, here is a handy guide of things to look for, in order to help you make the final decision.

What to Consider When Choosing a Dentist

  • Do they have good recommendations? When you’re researching local dental practices in Ballincollig (or, of course, wherever you may live), it’s an excellent idea to ask those around you for recommendations. Talk to neighbours and friends and ask for their opinions, in order to get a ‘real’ perspective on which dental practice to explore further.
  • Do they have convenient opening hours? If you work during the day, it’s not that convenient if the dentist shuts at 5pm every evening. Look for a dentist that offers evening or weekend appointments, as this will make it considerably easier for you to schedule your appointment around your busy lifestyle.
  • Are they sympathetic of your nerves? If you, like so many other people, are nervous about going to the dentist, it’s really important to find a practice that handles your anxiety in a sympathetic, friendly manner. If you particularly dread going to the dentist, give the surgery a call, and find out what their approach is when it comes to nervous patients!
  • Does the doctor have an opinion? If you’re still unsure which dental practice to select, try asking your GP. It’s likely that they’ll have a really good idea of who practices in your local area, and it’s also likely that they’ll know which ones are reputable and which ones perhaps aren’t quite so suited for your needs.
  • Read the dentist’s blog! Blogs provide valuable insight into the operation of any business, and this is also true of dentists. Read their blogs, and it will give you a good idea of the ethos and personality of the practice. If the tone of the blog seems friendly and down-to-earth whilst maintaining a strong sense of professionalism, this is a good sign.
  • Check out the premises. Don’t be afraid to visit the dental practice and take a look around. Assess the cleanliness of the waiting room, and take note of the atmosphere. Ideally, a dental practice should feel like a clean, calm place to be in. If it feels chaotic, disorderly and dirty, it’s probably not the practice for you.

Guiney Dental: Leading Dental Practice in Ballincollig, Cork

At Guiney Dental Practice, we pride ourselves on our high standards of service. We’re always happy to invite new people to inspect our premises, and if you’d like to talk to us to discover more about our practice, we’d be delighted to make the time for you. To get in touch, simply call 021 - 481 0535.


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