1. Dental Assistant Recommends the Dentist
No one knows the Dentist better than the dental assistant. They know every corner they are willing to cut and every line they are willing to cross. So, does the assistant highly recommend the dentist? If you aren’t sure pull the assistant aside and have a word with her about your dental care. Does she advise you to follow the dentist’s instructions? Does she advise you to get a second opinion? Or, does she seem to respect the doctor and her medical opinion? If she does then you are in good hands.
2. Pushes Regular Hygiene Visits
I know, I know. You are rolling your eyes right now thinking that the dentist is laughing all the way to the bank, right? You couldn’t be further from the truth though. People who take care of their gums with regular flossing and brushing definitely do not see extensive care with the Dentist as much as those who don’t. When a dentist pushes regular hygiene visits they are trying to save you money in the long run. True story.
3. Low Patient Turn-Over Rate
This one’s a no brainer. A dental office with a high patient turn-over rate is not able to keep all of its patients happy so they go somewhere else. Of all the new patients that come in to the office every month very few actually return.
A good way to judge this is to see how busy the office is and the overall tone of the office. A shady office is so busy that patients are waiting a half hour or more before they are seen. The patients in the waiting room seem antsy, angry, or unsure and may not be responding well the front-desk staff. And speaking of front desk staff – if they are rude let your dentist know. Dental work is expensive and the last thing you should have to worry about is a receptionist with a chip on their shoulder.
4. Dentist Believes That The Best Dentistry is No Dentistry
Seems counter-productive doesn’t it? But it’s not. This means that as a dentist they are providing you only the care that you need. Think about it. A dentist’s #1 priority should be you and your oral care, not money. All elective procedures should be presented as such: implants, braces, and smile makeovers included.
5. Raise the Bar on Level of Care
Let’s face it, if you leave decisions like whether or not to floss up to regular people they are going to decide not to floss! We hear it every day when a patient refuses x-rays because they “don’t need x-rays”. When the reality of it is that people don’t know what is going on in their mouth. So a dentist who raises the level of care for their patients is an educator. They explain, successfully, the need to not only floss regularly but to come in for that six-month cleaning. To not only take the x-rays but to allow the patient to understand that those x-rays are an integral part of the doctor’s knowledge of their mouth.