What should you look for when choosing your dentist?

Finding the right dentist can be hard, especially if you’ve got a phobia of dentistry or you’re new to an area. At AP Smilecare, we make things easy, clearly explaining how to register with us and offering transparent services. Plus, whether you’re looking for NHS dentists or private dentists, we can help. So, if you’re looking for the best dental care Blackburn has to offer, consider the following when choosing your dentist…

Dentist Practice Location

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When choosing a dentist, one of the first things that will come to mind is location. You don’t want to be travelling too far to your appointments – but it is worth checking out a few in your local area. Offerings vary widely from dentist to dentist, so it’s a good idea to explore appointment times and treatment offerings first.


Medical accreditations

What should you look for when choosing your dentist?

All good dentists will be registered with the Care Quality Commission and the General Dental Council and properly trained in dentistry. These are legal requirements. It’s always a good idea to check your dentist is listed on the General Dental Council website before committing to their services.


NHS or private dental care

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Both NHS and private dentists have their benefits – the former offering cheaper treatments and the latter offering a more comprehensive service and range of treatments. At AP Smilecare, we’re a mixture of both, offering both NHS services and private treatments, making this part of your decision a little bit simpler.


Good customer service

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It’s quite easy to assess good customer service – and you’ll probably get a good impression of this after your first visit. You’ll want a helpful receptionist, good line of communication, and a polite, friendly and clean practice. Your dentist should also take the time to offer you dental advice and explain what they’re doing during treatment time, as well as any risks and benefits.

Dental care payment plans


All good dentists will list treatment prices on their website, in fact, you can find the AP Smilecare price list here.

At AP Smilecare, we also offer a variety of different payment plans for private patients – helping make dental care more affordable. Our Denplan price plans can be found on our website.


Dental treatments available

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If you’re looking for a bi-annual dental check up, most NHS practices will do. Private dentists, however, boast a whole range of treatments.

At AP Smilecare, we not only cover all your general dentistry needs, we also offer Cosmetic dental treatments, like Teeth Whitening and Same Day Smiles, to enhance our dental care services.


Emergency dental care


We don’t always have control over what happens to our teeth – which is why it pays to go to a dentist that offers emergency dental care. Accidents happen, and when they do, emergency dental care offers that reassurance.

At AP Smilecare, we offer same day emergency appointments for new patients at out Blackburn practice and ensure we see or give advice to existing patients, with an emergency, within 24 hours.



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Last, but not least, ask friends and family in the local area for recommendations. Visiting a dentist can give you some idea of the practice and service there – but nothing beats real-life advice and experience from people you trust.

To find out more about our dental care services, take a look at our Dentistry Treatments and give the team a call to book in.

Why did you choose AP Smilecare? We’d love to know! Leave your reasons in the comments section below or tweet us @APSmilecare