So let’s just say you’ve recently moved to Leeds and are trying to organise your new life. What are among the more important things to set up? A doctor for sure, but also a dentist, so how do you go about choosing one? There are a lot of factors that come into this equation, especially if you have children. The first thing to do is pay a visit to various surgeries and decide if you like what you see. Look at the machinery that is used and what procedures are carried out there. Then, meet the dentist and get a feel for them- interview them and if you like what you see, then sign on the dotted line. Where young children enter the equation though, the rules can change a bit: they may require some form of orthodontic treatment in the future so having a dentist nearby will help save on endless petrol bills when your kid’s are constantly in and out for treatments. Children also like familiarity and stability and a ‘family’ orientated dentist will be there for your children as they grow up, which can give continuity to their treatments and help to build up historical data on yours and theirs teeth. Asking other people about the dentist they use is also a good angle to take- people like friends or work colleagues- most of all, don’t rush, take your time and get it right.