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June 21, 2015

How To Find a Good NHS Dentist

Here at Leeming Dental Clinic we know how important good dental care is for your oral and overall health. Our NHS dentist in Borehamwood offers exceptional treatment in friendly and modern surroundings. Your search for a good NHS dentist should be as easy and well-informed as possible, so read on for our comprehensive advice.


Where Do I Start?

  • Ask for recommendations

Ask your family, friends, neighbours or colleagues if they know of any good NHS dentists who may suit your needs.

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist

These experts can give you some valuable guidance on how to find a respected dentist.

  • Ask your current dentist (if you're moving house)

Your current dentist will have the resources to provide you with a list of NHS dentists in your new living location.

  • Search online

You can find the details of available dentists on the NHS website.

  • Get in touch with the British Dental Association

The BDA provides a comprehensive list of both private and NHS dentists and their specialities.


What Do I Need to Consider?

You need to develop a clear idea of what practicalities and services are important to you. Take the time to research the following questions:

  • What are the opening hours of the practice? Are they convenient?
  • How easy will it be for you to get to the surgery from home or work?
  • Is there a hygienist based in the practice?
  • Do they provide preventive dentistry treatments?
  • Do they offer any special services? What are they?
  • What's their policy on cancelled appointments?
  • What steps do they take to help anxious patients?
  • What arrangements are made to handle out-of-hour emergencies?


Special Needs

If you have special needs, contact the BDA for more information on your chosen practice. Inform the dentist of your condition, and consider the following questions:

  • Does the dentist have any relevant experience and/or training in treating patients with your specific needs?
  • Does the dentist seem interested in treating patients with your condition?
  • How accessible is the practice?


Book an Appointment

It's a smart idea to book appointments with your chosen practices, so you can get a feel for both the place and the people. Before you make your final decision, consider these questions:

  • What are your first impressions? Is the clinic well-presented, modern and tidy?
  • How approachable are the staff? Do they make you feel welcome? Are they friendly and willing to answer your questions?
  •  Are the surfaces and equipment in the treatment room clean and hygienic?
  • Do the dental team wear gloves and any other necessary protective clothing during the checkup?

The team at Leeming Dental Clinic can provide you with quality dental care and a friendly, comfortable visit every time. If you're looking for a skilled and experienced dentist in Borehamwood, we welcome you to book an appointment with us today.

Call us on : 020 8953 5722