We look to our dentists as guides on the road to dental health. While it is up to us to maintain our own oral hygiene to the best of our abilities through regular brushing, flossing, and oil pulling, in the end, it is the dentist and the hygienist who determine whether we have done a good job.
Most of us probably do not give much consideration to the equipment our dentist uses, but one can usually tell when it is lacking. If that is the case, the dentist is likely cutting corners or not using quality dental equipment providers. This reduces their ability to give your teeth proper treatment and can even lead to problems down the road for you.
You might not be able to spot quality dental instruments when you see them, but as a client, you have the right to ask your dentist about the equipment they are using on you. You can ask such questions as:
- How often do you clean your equipment?
- How often are the drill heads replaced?
- How many times can my mouth be X-rayed before there could be excessive radiation exposure?
While a dentist and their hygienist(s) are highly trained, they are really no different than any other professional who provides you with a service. Do you feel intimidated asking your mechanic about the parts they use on your car? Probably not. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist questions about their equipment and practices.
Chances are, they will be happy to provide the answers you seek. If they are evasive or rude about such a basic question, that is not a good sign. Any professional should be open about the way they work, so if answers are not forthcoming that meet your satisfaction, it might be time you consider switching providers.