non-judgmental, thorough dentist in Toronto?
August 13, 2012 9:16 AM Subscribe
I have just moved to Toronto, and am looking for a good dentist. I am a grad student at U of T, so something that can be covered by their dental plan would be nice (although not absolutely necessary). The main thing is that they have to be thorough, non-judgmental and be willing to listen to descriptions. I need regular cleaning and check-ups, and want to have a place I trust if god forbid I have dental problems down the road.
posted by atetrachordofthree to health & fitness (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For the past couple of years I have been very diligent about my oral hygiene, but I admit to have grown up with rather incorrect brushing/flossing techniques and a very acidic diet that I did not know to change until a few years ago.
Prior to my dental revelations, the only times I saw a dentist was when I had a toothache-- which usually means a lot of pain, and a good (often mean!) lecture from the dentists and when I was a kid, another couple from my folks. I also had braces done by a really awful orthodontist, who did not say a peep about cleaning with braces and charged us a lot of money to fill cavities. When he took the braces off he decided to cover my six front teeth with resin fillings (I am not sure why), and they all kind of have small pieces fallen off since then. I have been dealing with residual problems with my teeth for the past decade. I have an implant for a tooth lost due to trauma-induced abscess, and a bridge for a tooth that cracked when I was 18.
All of this is to say that 1) I have really crappy teeth and I don't feel great about it and 2) I am now really scared of dentists who drill without telling me what they are doing.
I've been keeping my teeth in as good of a shape as I can these couple of years. I get regular cleaning and check-ups and (knock on wood) there hasn't been problems lately. I'd like to continue this trend by having regular check-ups at a dentist who is not going to ream me out. Any thoughts on where I might find one?