With so many dental clinics in the market, it can be hard choosing a dentist in Singapore for your regular visits. We ask the Smilefocus team for some tips to help you find the right dentist in Singapore for the entire family!
#1 Do your research
Most people seek recommendations from those they trust when looking for a new dentist, or from websites and forums where like-minded people share ideas. If they see a dentist’s name being referenced often, they may choose to visit them. Word-of-mouth recommendations are important! So, do plenty of research – speak with your friends, family, colleagues and insurance provider, and don’t forget to read up on the clinic online – before dropping by for a visit.
#2 Go for a consultation
There’s no better way to find out more about someone than to visit them in person. After you’ve narrowed down your options, book yourself in for a consultation with the dentist. Ask as many questions as you can, and note how the dentist handles them. You may need to pay a consultation fee, as you’re receiving professional advice, but don’t feel pressured to say yes to any treatments recommended.
#3 Communication skills
How well does the dentist explain various treatments? Is the dentist willing to listen and give alternative solutions? Can they handle kids well? Art they patient when answering all your questions? You should also receive a detailed treatment plan, including the relevant costs.
#4 Native language skills
Choosing a dentist in Singapore who speaks your native language can be very helpful as an expat, especially for children. Luckily, there are many multilingual dentists in Singapore!
At Smilefocus, children’s dentist DR PAULINE LEE speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese, which has been key with many of her young patients. DR PATRICIA HANCOCK is also multilingual. She is fluent in English, German and French, which is also super helpful for expats here in Singapore.
#5 Experience and skill set
Are you comfortable with the clinical skills of the dentist? All general dentists practising in Singapore are qualified. A dentist’s experience and commitment to continuing education ensure they have the skills to treat generally all routine dental procedures. You may wish to consult a specialist, however, if you’re considering a more targeted treatment.
Read up on the dentist’s experience and years of practice. Twice-a-year visits to the dentist are important to maintain dental health, so you will be seeing the dentist on a regular basis. It’s important to have confidence and trust in your dentist, as this is a long-term relationship.
#6 Dental clinic environment
Atmosphere and vibes are important, whether you realise it or not. This can be especially true for children when visiting the dentist. Coaxing a reluctant child to the dentist can be hard for any parent. That’s why creating a fun environment is key to encouraging children and creating a positive experience. As children’s dentist Dr Lee says, “Each child is unique and may respond better to certain techniques. Children’s dentists are trained to pick up subtle clues and tailor our strategies to best help your kids cope with their dental visits.”
When choosing a dentist in Singapore for kids, it’s worth checking if the clinic offers special visits for children to get acquainted with the environment and staff beforehand. Smilefocus, for instance, offers visits where the child can get familiar with the kid-friendly clinic, take a ride on the dental chair, or even just to come to say hello.
Smilefocus has a team of experienced and overseas-qualified expatriate dentists, including those specifically experienced in braces, children’s dentistry and implant dentistry. Supported by dental assistants and administration personnel from around the world, the team offers the full range of dental care.
Read more in our Health & Fitness section!