Finding a good dentist isn’t just about finding someone who is competent at what they do. It is also about finding someone who understands you, your needs and your health. Looking for a new dentist can be a little bit frightening, but don’t put it off whatever you do. Your oral health is too important.

If you want to find a new dentist, start by looking at practices in your area. It may be easier, though admittedly more expensive, to see a private dentist, as NHS practices will often be oversubscribed and won’t be taking new patients. Find a practice that has good hours for you – get the practical parts sorted first.

You may want to book in for a checkup initially, to see if you like the dentist you see. If you do, you can then go on to discuss other treatments, like cosmetic dental treatments or possibly dentures or implants depending on your age and health.