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Visiting the dentist in Portugal is made far easier if you don’t wait until you have a problem but decide which dentist you are going to use beforehand. It is always a good idea to look for recommendations and go and register and to arrange to have check ups every six months or so.
Dentists in Portugal are no different from anywhere else, there are good ones and there are bad ones but by going on recommendations you can usually find one that it OK for you.
Many of the dentists in the larger cities or in the expat areas are able to speak English but I can assure you that there is nothing more frustrating that trying to book an appointment with a new dentist when you have a raging tooth ache and you are having trouble in making yourself understood. If you already have a dentist the whole process is made far easier and it is simple a case of booking an appointment.
The cost of using a dentist can vary greatly and it can turn out to be very expensive if you need to have a lot of work carried out over a period of time. One option is to take out some medical insurance. There are different types of medical insurance that are available but be aware not all plans cover dental work so be sure to take into account was it is included and read the small print for any extra details that you should be aware of. Many dentists offer these plans themselves or simply take a search on google to see what is available. If you belong to an expat association you sometimes find that they offer certain medical insurance and sometimes at a discount.
When visiting the dentist in Portugal you will find that many of them of very child friendly and do everything that they can to make frightened children, and adults for that matter, feel more at ease. You wouldn’t expect anything else really but it really does make a big difference, especially when you are in a foreign country.
If your grasp of the Portuguese language is not so good and you live in a rural area it would be advisable to book up with a dentist in one of the larger towns or cities and try to keep on top of your dental care with a check up every six months or so. That is far easier than having to go to a local dentist who doesn’t speak English, don’t get me wrong, these smaller dentists will probably be very good but you may find yourself having difficulty to be understood and that is the last thing you want in an emergency.