Going to the dentist can be intimidating for some people. If you are like me and have a lot of exposed nerves in your mouth, it can be rather painful. However, I get through it because I think about the outcome (a cleaner mouth and whiter, healthier teeth) and the fact that I am working with a professional who has many years of service.
If you are unsure of anything about your dental visit, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Dentists are like any other professional: they are knowledgeable when it comes to helping you and know the tools they use. As a client, you are well within your rights to ask them or the hygienist questions about any aspect of the appointment.
One drawback to using cheaper practitioners is that they don’t always use the best dental supplies. This may be because they are cutting corners or using these lower quality instruments to reduce costs. That can be good for patients from a financial standpoint, but not if it compromises the quality of the care they get.
Dental tools providers are like any other equipment vendor: some stock quality products and go the whole nine yards when it comes to warranties, while others buy low grade stock and try to pass it off as being a better level of quality. As a client, it is technically not your responsibility to spot lesser quality equipment and most of us would have trouble doing that anyway.
What you can do, however, is ask questions. Ask how often the dentist changes their drill heads, sanitizes their equipment, or makes sure their X-ray is functioning properly. If they seem hesitant to answer or cannot be bothered, that is not a good sign. A professional takes pride in their equipment because they know it influences the quality of the service they provide.