Why Reputation Is The Most Significant Factor When Choosing a Dentist

494183909When you’re looking for the right dentist – for yourself, your child or your whole family – you often consider a lot of factors. Such factors may include state dental board certification, how you felt during your first visit, referrals from friends and family, and of course, if the dentist has all that you need and require.

While such factors are really important, reputation remains the key that ties everything else together.

The Importance of Reputation

For many dental practices, or just businesses in general, a few bad reviews is not a good sign. In fact, it’s enough of a reason for them to lose a few clients. In worse cases, bad reviews may even cause some practices to close down.

To say that reputation is everything these days is far from an overstatement.

With the internet and sites like Google+, Yelp, and even Foursquare, you, as a prospective client or patient, have access to resources to check if a particular dentist is worth your time and money.

Online, you’ll find which dental practices in your area offer the best possible dental care services. You’ll also find which ones have been put in the negative light more than a few times. While reviews are not a totally accurate means of measuring quality of service, it still tells a lot about how a dentist and his or her clinic handles patients.

The Role of Social Media

Social media, or at least how they handle themselves on such sites, says a lot about someone’s personality. This is the reason why many jobs have been lost thanks to the detrimental behavior conducted by people on such sites.

While you probably won’t find dentists and their subsequent pages on social media sites doing anything vulgar, how they handle themselves online tells a lot about them as professionals and their practice as a business.

Engaged and communicative dental practices often garner a lot of praise and generally get more clients as a result. After all, why not? They talk to their patients, both existing and those who are just interested. They also are likely to engage with them and even post photos of before-and-after treatments. Some may even go as far as to take snapshots with their patients, further boosting their image as approachable professionals.

Also, in social media, you should take particular note of negative reviews and comments. While some practices will just ignore them, there are those who put an emphasis on customer satisfaction will often reply and handle it as properly as they possibly can.

More than all these things, however, having an active and engaged social media presence means that they value their practice as professionals and what patients think about their business.

Remember, going online, especially using social media, is a double-edged sword for businesses, thanks to the amount of exposure that comes with it.

Dental practices that put an emphasis on their presence on social media and online are likely to have built a reputation, good or bad, that can easily be assessed as soon as you visit their page.

While social media is not the only factor in determining the exact reputation of a dental practice, it is a significant one.

A dentist that takes care of his or her reputation puts a premium on proper dental care. While these dental practices usually come at a slightly higher price, you do get a lot more than what you paid for.

To put simply, a reputable dental practice is likely to take better care of your teeth and gums, making reputation THE most significant factor when looking for a dentist.

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The Dangers of Having Mercury Fillings

ThinkstockPhotos-464323669Fillings made with amalgam, otherwise known as mercury fillings, are commonly used to fill cavities. While effective, the use of mercury fillings has raised concerns in recent years, mainly due to the use and presence of mercury.

What is a Mercury Filling?

Technically, mercury fillings consist of a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper and of course, mercury. Small amounts of palladium, indium and zinc are also used, but not always.

Of this combination of materials, it is the mercury that, when mixed with alloy powder, allows the filling material to be soft enough to mix and press into the teeth. At the same time, however, the compound hardens quickly and is durable enough to withstand the constant pressure of daily activities, such as biting and chewing.

Dentists have used this combination of metals to restore teeth and fill cavities for more than a hundred years.

While it no longer is the only material available, as tooth-colored materials have also become a popular alternative, mercury fillings remain a popular choice because it is generally cheaper and more durable.

Why Is It Dangerous?

Because of how it’s been in use for more than a hundred years, mercury fillings have been used in patients far more times than any other material. However, in recent years, the safety of the use of mercury has been questioned.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has stated that there’s no reason to limit the use of mercury, and have come to the conclusion that the fillings are safe for both adults, as well as children above the age of 6.

There are groups, however, that believe that this conclusion should be reconsidered and reevaluated.

The main reason for concern with mercury fillings is the effect of mercury in the human body.

While we all are exposed to little amounts of mercury every day, very low levels aren’t really enough to warrant concern. However, at higher levels, mercury has been proven to cause anxiety, irritability, memory loss, headaches and even fatigue.

In recent years, it’s been shown that as the mercury filling wears, which happens over time, very small amounts of mercury in the form of vapor are slowly released into the human body.

Just how much this affects the human body, if it does at all, is debatable and there are experts that conclude that the amount of mercury released is very low to pose any threat.

Still, there has yet to be any conclusion as to whether or not mercury fillings are truly safe.

The Alternatives to Mercury Fillings

First things first, if you already have mercury fillings in your teeth, you don’t have to worry about having them removed. Doing so can cause do more harm than good and may even release more mercury. You only need to worry about having them removed when the teeth are already worn out, broken or if there’s decay present beneath the filling.

For other alternatives, you can choose from a wide variety of materials, such as composite resin, porcelain and gold. There are also dental amalgams that contain both iridium and mercury, as well as high-copper dental amalgams, both of which contain much less mercury compared to conventional dental amalgams or mercury fillings.

Be sure to talk to your dentist about your concerns regarding the use of dental amalgam, as well as whether the alternatives to mercury fillings would be right for your particular case.

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