Moving is a stressful process. There are a million different things for you to think about, from getting boxes to setting up cable and internet. One thing you might not consider in the moving process is establishing yourself with a new dentist. Eventually though, this is something you will have to do. Here is a guide for switching to a new dentist to make your transition easy.
Schedule an Appointment in Advance
Depending on where you move, it may take you a while to find a new dentist that will work with you. Each dentist can only take on a certain number of patients without being overwhelmed. Thus if you want to register as a new patient, you will have to find a dentist with an opening for you. You will also need to keep your dental insurance in mind because you will need to find someone in your network. The sooner you schedule an appointment, the better off you will be.
Check Reviews from Local Clients
If you have several dentists to choose from in your insurance network, do some research online to see what other people are saying about the practice. While you’re at it, you might want to check the dentist’s website to find out what kinds of services he or she specializes in. This is not something you can over-research. You might just have to spend a little extra time finding the perfect dentist for you.
Request a Copy of Your Dental Records
Your new dentist will most likely take new X-rays to get up to date images of your mouth, but it would be nice for them to have old ones to look at as well. If your current dentist keeps electronic dental records, those can easily be sent to the new dentist. If not, you will need to get a copy of your records to give to your new dentist.
Note What Medications You Are Taking
Your dentist needs to know what medications you are taking in case they impact the state of your teeth. He or she will also need to know this in case you need to go on any special medications for your oral health. This is usually not the case, but it is always nice to have a list of your current medications on hand if they are needed.
Don’t forget about your dentist when you change locations, and your teeth will always be in good hands.