Tips on selecting a dentist

Step One: Speak up to your dentist. Dissatisfaction in dentistry usually is a problem of communication, not clinical care. If you did not like or did not understand any aspect of a previous visit to the dentist, talk to the dentist about it. You deserve to be heard, and the dentist deserves the opportunity to listen. Often a parent’s concerns can be resolved through open communication.

Step Two: Consider a second opinion. You should be confident about your treatment if you are to proceed with your selected dentist. If a second opinion will help you feel more comfortable, then you should certainly seek one.

Step Three: Call your local dental society. The dental profession offers a free service called peer review. Your case can be carefully reviewed by a highly qualified board, typically consisting of dentists, hygienists and members of the public.