As important as it is to have routine dental care, it’s equally important to know when and how to switch dentists. There are several reasons to consider switching dentists, including a move to a new location, dissatisfaction with your current dentist, or a change in your dental needs. At the start of a new year is a popular time to consider changing dentists to someone new, especially if your New Year’s resolution is a healthy smile and teeth!
In a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults, more than half of respondents stated at least one concern that would make them switch dentists. That’s a lot of dissatisfied patients!
So if you’re considering a switch to a dental practice that is a better fit, such as Hancock and Johnston Dentistry, we have a few tips for a smooth transition.
When to Switch Dentists
One of the most obvious reasons to switch dentists is that you’re moving to a new area, which could be as far as states away or even just across Lubbock. Life is busy, and a convenient dentist location can be the difference between going to your checkups or putting them off.
Also, your dental needs may change over time — for example, you may develop a condition that requires a specialist that doesn’t exist at your family dentist, at which point you may need to switch practices.
Another big reason to switch dentists is that you’re not satisfied with your current dentist, either because of financial considerations (being out of network) or because you are not comfortable with the treatment in your current dental office.
Research shows that nearly 11% of U.S. adults who felt like switching dentists said it was because their dentist criticized their teeth or oral health, and nearly 10% who wanted to switch indicated it was because their scheduled appointments were always late.
How to Switch Dentists
When it comes to switching dentists, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you have access to your dental records. While we will make an independent assessment of your oral health, it’s always helpful to reference previous records. You can ask your current dentist to transfer your records to your new dentist or you can request copies for yourself. This way, your new dentist has a full understanding of your dental history and can come up with a personal plan for you.
To transition to a new dental practice, it’s important to do your research and find a reputable dentist in your area.
Three good resources include:
- You can also ask for recommendations from friends, family, or co-workers who may have dentists
- Look online for reviews from patients on websites such as: Demand Force.
- Checking with your local dental association: Texas Dental Association
Additionally, at your first visit you will get a chance to meet your doctor and their staff, and have a chance to tour the office. This gives you a opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns about your dental care.
A Final Word
Switching dentists can be a difficult decision, but it’s important to continue to take care of your dental health. If you’re moving to a new area or unhappy with your current dentist, it’s okay to look for a new one.
At Hancock and Johnston Dentistry, we have a reputation for really getting to know our patients and taking the time to come up with personalized dental care plans. It’s the reason why we are the best-reviewed dental practice in Lubbock. Contact us to meet our friendly team today!