The importance of choosing the right dentist

20 Feb The importance of choosing the right dentist

Choosing a dentist

Don’t wait for a dental emergency to register with a dentist, your choice will be compromised and you may have to wait for treatment

There are many things to consider when looking for the right dental practice for you and your family. We have put together a checklist of things to consider:


All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) in order to work legally in the UK. The GDC provides a searchable database of registered practitioners.

In addition the dental practice must be registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Location and Opening Hours

Ideally choose a dentist close to your home or work place as this will make it easier for you to attend appointments. Also, make sure that the dental practice is open on the days and at the times when you are free to attend an appointment

Payment Options

If you are looking for a private dentist rather than NHS, check that the dentist accepts your insurance and find out what the payment options are. Most dental practices require payment immediately after treatment.

At Select Dental we offer Denplan, the UK’s leading dental payment plan.

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One of the most important things to consider when you choose a dentist is whether you feel comfortable with that person. Are you able to explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you feel like the dentist hears and understands your concerns? Your dentist should be sympathetic to any anxieties or phobias you may have.

Practice Technology

A dental practice that is able to offer the most modern treatment methods should have access to the latest technology and keep up to date with developments in the field. Dental practices with onsite laboratories, such as Select Dental, will be able to offer a more seamless service for cosmetic dentistry


Personal recommendation from friends and family and reading reviews from other patients can be a great help in choosing the right dentist.

If you are looking for a new dentist that provides the highest standard of oral healthcare in a warm, friendly and relaxed environment, give Select Dental a call. We are currently registering new patients and have a special offer for new patients registering in October 2013! Contact us on 01395 225600 or email us at to find out more and arrange an appointment.