Switching Dentists? What to Bring Along from Your Old One

There are several reasons you might be considering a switch to a new dentist. Perhaps you’ve moved away from your old haunt, your beloved dentist of several years has just retired, or you’ve been feeling unsatisfied with the level of care you’re receiving and are ready to make a change.

Whatever the reason behind your decision to switch to a new dentist, the process will remain pretty much the same.

First, you’ll need to identify a quality dentist in your area. We’ve outlined some of the best strategies for finding the right dentist for you in this post.

Next, it’s a good idea to have your dental records transferred from your old dentist to your new one. Your dental records (otherwise known as your “patient’s chart”) provide a written record of your oral care history, including X-rays, diagnostic records, treatment plans, home care instructions, consent forms, and communications between you and your dentist. The way this information is handled is subject to both state and federal laws, so the details vary from state to state.

While your new dentist will still be able to provide you with quality care even without these records (based on their own examinations and intake questions), it’s a good idea to transfer your previous records for several reasons:

Now that you understand why it’s so important to transfer your old dental records to a new dental office, it’s time to make it happen. The process can be somewhat lengthy and occasionally frustrating, but the investment in your oral health is worth it. Here’s how to make it happen:

Transferring your old dental records is one of the most valuable things you can do when switching to a new dentist. It’s also important to let your new dentist know about any medications you are currently taking (or have taken in the past), any dental anxieties you may have, and any health conditions you are currently experiencing or have experienced in the past. Taken together, this information will provide your new dentist with a comprehensive overview of your health profile so they can develop the most appropriate and effective oral health plan for you.

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