According to the Australian government, in 2013, 64% of people aged 5 and over had visited a dental practitioner in the previous year.
Almost half (44%) of adults aged 18 and over had regular dental check-ups with the same dental provider.
Which may sound good, but it also means that a third of Australians did NOT visit a dentist and another fifth did not make regular visits.
If you are one of these people, it’s time for you to choose a dentist and begin regular visits. Finding a good dentist may seem complicated, but in fact, it can be easy.
And selecting a good dentist can be the difference between bad breath, cavity-riddled teeth, gum disease, tooth loss, or having a healthy smile in a healthy mouth.
At DonEast Supreme Dental we are experienced in excellent dental care and have a few suggestions as to how you can find the dentist you need.
Then, if you’re in the Doncaster East area, we’re confident you will choose us!
Why is a good dentist so important?
A good dentist is important for longevity and overall wellness. Poor dental health is associated with conditions and diseases, including cardiovascular disease, endocarditis (infection of the heart lining), and premature birth and low birth weight.
It’s a two-way relationship between oral and overall health, and while poor dental health can contribute to some diseases, others, such as eating disorders, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and osteoporosis, can all harm your oral health.
A good dentist can also spot symptoms of cancer and other diseases before other doctors might, allowing these problems to be treated early and more easily. This is one reason bi-annual checkups are so important.
How do I find a good dentist in the Doncaster area?
At DonEast Supreme Dental we suggest you do the following things:
Search for a dentist with a good reputation. The most important consideration in a new dentist is reputation. There are several ways to research dentists and their practice history.
If you’re in luck, someone you trust will have a recommendation based on experience – this can be family, friends, or even a trusted physician or pharmacist.
If that fails, turning to the internet is a great strategy. Search engines and professional sites like Google, Yelp, and Angie’s are all packed with advice, experiences, and recommendations.
Take a look at the dentist’s website, then schedule an obligation free meeting. A glance at a website can tell you a lot about a dental practice. Is the site well-maintained?
Does it list dental services? What are the dentist’s listed qualifications and experience? A shoddily built website may reveal something about the practice.
Once you’ve taken a look, go ahead and interview your potential dentist or dental practice. You can do a phone interview, but it is often useful to drop in, to see what the practice looks like. Here are some questions to ask:
- What hours are the practice open — is the dentist available during convenient hours?
- If all other things are equal, a closer dentist is better. You can use Google or other mapping tools to check locations.
- Does the practice accept your dental insurance?
- Services offered. The more services a dentist provides, the more convenient it is for you and your family. If you have a specific need, make sure the dentist offers treatment for it.
- What are the costs for typical treatments (e.g., x-rays or cleaning)?
- Is clear information about cost provided before treatment is scheduled?
- A polite, friendly, and professional staff can improve your dental experience.
- How does the dentist treat patients who have emergencies?
- Are patients notified ahead of a checkup?
Make sure your dentist meets your specific needs. Some patients are busy and want to get in and get out. Others may seek a family-oriented practice that will spend the time explaining things to them and not rush the appointment.
Look for a dentist with hours that don’t require you miss work or pull your kids out of school for visits. At DonEast Supreme Dental, we offer early evening and weekend hours for the convenience of our patients! Take into account any special dental needs you might have and ask how the office deals with them.
Choose a comfortable atmosphere. It is important that you feel comfortable in the office and the dental chair. The better your experience is, the more likely you are to keep up your scheduled visits!
The DonEast Supreme Dental Difference
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we treat you like family – we treat our patients just as we would like to be treated ourselves. We offer the highest quality, caring dentistry in the Doncaster area.
We provide an extensive range of dental services including preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dental options; and we offer them during extended evening and weekend hours.
We are conveniently located on Doncaster Rd. near its intersection with Blackburn Rd.
Our Promotion Include:
General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
*for new patients only
$590 Teeth Whitening ZOOM in Chair Treatment
Child Dental Benefit Schedule
We Accept Medicare Bulk Bill for Eligible Children
Call us on (03) 9842 1475 or visit us at 1062 Doncaster Road in Doncaster East