First let me state, I’m not against dental directories. I think they are a great resource for people who don’t know how to obtain a new dentist. They support organized dentistry and believe in addressing oral health care needs. These directories provide the best service they can, but can’t always control which doctors pay for a listing.
This is a great service but not unique to them or any directory. Any person at any time can look up a dentist’s history within the state in which they were licensed. This is not top secret or privileged information. It would be amazing if their pre-screening process included the dentist’s clinical skills or communication style. While there are many factors involved when seeking a new dental health provider, these two qualities are incredibly important.
The dental directory 1-800-DENTIST stated “One thing that sets 1-800-DENTIST apart is the fact that we carefully match patients with pre-screened dentists. First, let’s start with what pre-screened doesn’t mean. Pre-screened doesn’t mean that we judge the clinical skills of our dentists. We’re not qualified to do that. “
No dental directory is qualified to do that but if they aren’t, then who is? Although it may take a little leg work, here are some suggestions for resources that are qualified to judge the clinical and communication skills of the dentists.
Communication and clinical skills are critically key for dental health success. And not just one of those attributes but both. We as patients need to understand our dental problems before fixing them. And if our dental problems can only be fixed through dental measures, we have to make sure our dentist is clinically talented so that more harm isn’t done.
My point is be discerning and use more practical resources for finding a new dental provider. It may be easier calling a company like 1-800-DENTIST but easy doesn’t necessarily mean better or even very good.
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