Dental Clinic &  Dental Implants Centre Your Dentist who cares __________________________________ PITAMPURA & ROHINI, DELHI, INDIA
Dental Clinic & Dental Implants Centre | Pitampura & Rohini | Delhi, India | Tel: +91 11 27025081 | Mobile: +91 9810850226 | email: tooth.pandit@gmail.com

Foreign Dentist : Foreign Dentistry?

Choosing  

to  

get  

dental  

work  

done  

away  

from  

home  

can  

be  

quite  

a

tricky  

affair.  

While  

choosing  

a  

dentist  

in  

New  

Delhi,  

India,  

the

following  

might  

serve  

as  

a  

guideline  

to  

verify  

if  

you  

are  

in  

safe

hands :

THE GET ACQUAINTED APPOINTMENT

1)  

Have  

your  

first  

appointment  

as  

a  

getting  

acquainted  

visit.  

Have

a  

chat,  

discuss  

your  

problems  

and  

  

observe  

the  

dentist,  

the  

clinic

and  

the  

staff  

to  

see  

whether  

your  

expectations,  

personalities  

and

health  

care  

philosophies  

match.  

Once  

a  

level  

of  

confidence  

and

trust is achieved, proceed further.

QUALIFICATION MATTERS

2)  

Dentistry  

is  

a  

licensed  

profession.  

Please  

verify  

that  

your  

dentist

holds  

license  

in  

the  

form  

of  

a  

registration  

number  

from  

the  

Delhi

Dental Council or any other Indian State Dental Council.

3)  

Verify  

that  

your  

dentist  

holds  

as  

a  

minimum,  

a  

Bachelor  

of

Dental  

Surgery  

(BDS)  

Degree  

from  

an  

Indian  

University/Dental

College  

accredited  

by  

the  

Dental  

Council  

of  

India  

after  

4+1  

years

of training.

4)   

Verify   

that   

your   

dentist   

has   

a   

license/registration   

certificate

which  

has  

been  

renewed  

for  

the  

current  

year.  

The  

Delhi  

Dental

Council,   

renews   

the   

registration   

certificate   

every   

year,   

with   

a

validity  

period  

of  

one  

year,  

from  

January  

to  

December  

of  

each

year.

5)  

Be  

wary  

of  

the  

number  

of  

"fake"  

dentists  

(or  

quacks)  

practicing

in  

India  

-  

both  

in  

metropolitan  

cities,  

townships  

and  

rural  

areas.

They  

do  

not  

have  

any  

qualifications  

or  

registration.  

  

Be  

cautious  

of

Quacks.

CONTINUING EDUCATION IN DENTISTRY (CDE)

6)    

Dentistry    

is    

an    

every    

changing    

profession,    

with    

newer

techniques  

and  

materials  

being  

developed  

every  

day.  

The  

more

updated   

your   

dentist   

is,   

the   

most   

modern,   

evidence-based,

treatment  

he  

can  

deliver.  

Verify  

if  

your  

dentist  

has  

engaged  

in

continuing   

education   

in   

dentistry   

on   

a   

regular   

level,   

since

graduation.

7)  

Continuing  

Dental  

Education  

(DCE)  

is  

a  

life  

long  

process  

and

involves  

all  

or  

some  

of  

the  

following  

on  

a  

regular  

basis,  

every  

year

since graduation:

Participation in Dental Conferences/Seminars

Participation   

in   

CE   

courses   

in   

Dentistry   

(online   

internet

based OR in person)

Participation in Dental Lectures

Subscription of publications related to Dentistry

Authoring or Co-authoring of published literature in Dentistry

Memberships   

in   

Dental   

CE   

groups/   

societies/discussion

forums/e-mail servers

Participation in Hands-on-Courses in Dentistry

Recent    

Post-Graduate    

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificate    

    

in

Dentistry from accredited Indian or Overseas Dental Schools.

CLEANLINESS / STERILIZATION PROTOCOL

8)   

Check   

if   

your   

dentist   

is   

fully   

aware   

of   

modern   

sterilization

methods    

to    

prevent    

cross-infection,    

    

including    

the    

use    

of

Autoclaves  

and  

disposables.  

Boiling  

water  

sterilization  

is  

not  

a

very  

effective  

method  

of  

sterilization  

and  

you  

can  

enquire  

on  

the

methods used by your dentist.

9)   

Keep   

an   

eye   

on   

the   

over-all   

cleanliness   

of   

the   

office   

and

surgery.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

10)   

Observe   

if   

you   

have   

privacy   

for   

your   

treatment,   

case

discussion and health status disclosures.

11)  

Confirm  

if  

confidentiality  

will  

be  

maintained  

in  

terms  

of  

your

treatment records and health status disclosures.

12)  

Confirm  

if  

your  

approval  

is  

being  

sought  

or  

your  

concerns

addressed,  

prior  

to  

taking  

your  

pictures  

for  

purposes  

other  

than

case records, for example - for publications, etc.

13)  

Observe  

the  

overall  

conduct  

of  

the  

dentist  

and  

the  

staff  

in  

their

interaction  

with  

you  

and  

their  

other  

patients  

-  

are  

they  

courteous,

friendly and respectful.

14)  

Your  

time  

and  

the  

dentist's  

time  

is  

important.  

Note  

if  

the  

dental

team encourages and adheres to given appointment schedules.

15)  

Note  

if  

you  

have  

been  

explained  

about  

your  

problems  

and

their  

recommended  

treatments  

in  

a  

manner  

you  

can  

comprehend

and give informed consent.

16)  

Note  

if  

the  

treatment  

charges,  

financial  

obligations,  

mode  

of

payment  

etc.,  

explained  

  

and  

approved  

with  

from  

you  

before  

the

treatment was started.

OVER-TREATMENT : A GLOBAL PHENOMENON

17)   

Be   

cautious   

of   

dentists   

who   

recommend   

extensive   

and

elaborate treatment plans.

18) Be cautious of dentists who sell medicines or supplements.

19)  

Be  

cautious  

of  

dentists  

who  

recommend  

routine  

replacement

of   

amalgam   

fillings   

or   

removal   

or   

teeth   

instead   

of   

root   

canal

treatment.

20)  

Be  

cautious  

of  

dentists  

who  

advertise  

"specialized  

skills"  

in

single sitting wonder cosmetic treatments.

21)  

When  

the  

charges  

of  

dental  

treatment  

are  

too  

low  

compared  

to

other  

dentists  

in  

the  

area,  

there  

may  

be  

tendency  

to  

overdo  

the

number of services, unnecessarily.

22)  

Good  

dentists  

are  

prevention  

oriented  

and  

lay  

emphasis  

on

fluoride    

toothpastes,    

dental    

sealants,    

oral    

health    

education,

complete oro-dental examination, and a regular recall.

QUALITY  

V/S  

QUANTITY  

:  

GOOD  

THINGS  

IN  

LIFE  

DO  

NOT

HAPPEN IN AN INSTANT

23)  

Cost  

of  

dental  

treatment  

is  

not  

the  

best  

judge  

of  

quality  

of

care.

24)  

  

Good  

dentistry  

is  

an  

art  

and  

a  

science.  

Pay  

attention  

to  

the

time   

your   

dentist   

takes   

to   

do   

the   

work.   

High-quality   

dentistry

cannot  

be  

done  

  

in  

a  

factory  

assembly-line;  

it  

takes  

time  

and

meticulous attention to detail.

25)  

Quality  

oriented  

dentists,  

genuinely  

interested  

in  

the  

health  

of

their  

patients,  

emphasis  

a  

regular  

recall  

and  

maintenance.  

Patient

treatment  

records  

are  

maintained  

and  

the  

patients  

are  

put  

on  

a

recall programme after the treatment is completed.

SECOND OPINIONS

26)  

If  

you  

are  

in  

doubt  

over  

the  

over-all  

treatment  

plan  

in  

any  

way,

choose  

a  

second  

opinion.  

If  

your  

dentist's  

treatment  

plan  

is  

sound,

it  

should  

hold  

up  

to  

scrutiny  

by  

others  

in  

the  

profession,  

especially

those associated with a Dental School.

WORD OF MOUTH REFERRALS

27)  

Word  

of  

mouth  

referrals  

are  

important  

guides  

to  

choosing  

a

dentist.     

Friends,     

family,     

acquaintances     

and     

other     

health

professionals  

can  

recommend  

good  

dentists.  

However,  

word  

of

mouth   

referral   

does   

not   

mean   

blind   

trust.   

Scrutinize   

even   

the

referred dentist on your own scale.

SUGGESTED READING

Friedman  

JW  

and  

others.  

Complete  

Guide  

to  

Dental  

Health:  

How

to  

Avoid  

Being  

Overcharged  

and  

Overtreated.  

New  

York,  

1991,

Consumer Reports Books.

Guideline  

for  

Monitoring  

and  

Management  

of  

  

Pediatric  

Patients

During    

and   

After    

Sedation    

for    

Diagnostic    

and    

Therapeutic

Procedures.  American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011

 

Guidelines  

for  

the  

Use  

of  

  

Sedation  

and  

General  

Anesthesia  

by

Dentists. American Dental Association, 2007

 

How  

to  

choose  

a  

dentist.  

Consumers  

Research,  

March  

1997,  

pp.

20­24.

Ecenbarger   

W.   

How   

honest   

are   

dentists?   

Reader's   

Digest,

February 1997, pp 50-56.

Dodes  

J.  

Coverage  

questioned  

(letter  

to  

the  

editor).  

ADA  

News,

Sept 15, 1997.

How  

to  

choose  

a  

dentist  

by  

Stephen  

Barrett,  

MD  

and  

Robert  

S

Baratz MD, DDS, PhD

Quackwatch:    

Your    

Guide    

to    

Quackery,    

Health    

Fraud,    

and

Intelligent Decisions

Dental Clinic &  Dental Implants Centre Your Dentist who cares __________________________________ PITAMPURA & ROHINI, DELHI, INDIA
Dental Clinic & Dental Implants Centre | Pitampura & Rohini | Delhi, India | Tel: +91 11 27025081 | Mobile: +91 9810850226 | e-mail: tooth.pandit@gmail.com

Foreign Dentist : Foreign Dentistry?

Choosing  

to  

get  

dental  

work  

done  

away  

from

home   

can   

be   

quite   

a   

tricky   

affair.   

While

choosing  

a  

dentist  

in  

New  

Delhi,  

India,  

the

following  

might  

serve  

as  

a  

guideline  

to  

verify

if you are in safe hands :

THE GET ACQUAINTED APPOINTMENT

1)  

Have  

your  

first  

appointment  

as  

a  

getting  

acquainted  

visit.

Have  

a  

chat,  

discuss  

your  

problems  

and  

  

observe  

the  

dentist,

the   

clinic   

and   

the   

staff   

to   

see   

whether   

your   

expectations,

personalities  

and  

health  

care  

philosophies  

match.  

Once  

a  

level

of confidence and trust is achieved, proceed further.

QUALIFICATION MATTERS

2)  

Dentistry  

is  

a  

licensed  

profession.  

Please  

verify  

that  

your

dentist  

holds  

license  

in  

the  

form  

of  

a  

registration  

number  

from

the   

Delhi   

Dental   

Council   

or   

any   

other   

Indian   

State   

Dental

Council.

3)    

Verify    

that    

your    

dentist    

holds    

as    

a

minimum,  

a  

Bachelor  

of  

Dental  

Surgery  

(BDS)

Degree    

from    

an    

Indian    

University/Dental

College  

accredited  

by  

the  

Dental  

Council  

of

India after 4+1 years of training.

4)  

Verify  

that  

your  

dentist  

has  

a  

license/registration  

certificate

which  

has  

been  

renewed  

for  

the  

current  

year.  

The  

Delhi  

Dental

Council,  

renews  

the  

registration  

certificate  

every  

year,  

with  

a

validity  

period  

of  

one  

year,  

from  

January  

to  

December  

of  

each

year.

5)   

Be   

wary   

of   

the   

number   

of   

"fake"   

dentists   

(or   

quacks)

practicing  

in  

India  

-  

both  

in  

metropolitan  

cities,  

townships  

and

rural  

areas.  

They  

do  

not  

have  

any  

qualifications  

or  

registration.  

 

Be cautious of Quacks.

CONTINUING EDUCATION IN DENTISTRY (CDE)

6)   

Dentistry   

is   

an   

every   

changing   

profession,   

with   

newer

techniques  

and  

materials  

being  

developed  

every  

day.  

The  

more

updated   

your   

dentist   

is,   

the   

most   

modern,   

evidence-based,

treatment  

he  

can  

deliver.  

Verify  

if  

your  

dentist  

has  

engaged  

in

continuing   

education   

in   

dentistry   

on   

a   

regular   

level,   

since

graduation.

7)  

Continuing  

Dental  

Education  

(DCE)  

is  

a  

life  

long  

process  

and

involves  

all  

or  

some  

of  

the  

following  

on  

a  

regular  

basis,  

every

year since graduation:

Participation in Dental Conferences/Seminars

Participation   

in   

CE   

courses   

in   

Dentistry   

(online   

internet

based OR in person)

Participation in Dental Lectures

Subscription of publications related to Dentistry

Authoring    

or    

Co-authoring    

of    

published    

literature    

in

Dentistry

Memberships   

in   

Dental   

CE   

groups/   

societies/discussion

forums/e-mail servers

Participation in Hands-on-Courses in Dentistry

Recent   

Post-Graduate   

Degrees/Diplomas/Certificate   

   

in

Dentistry   

from   

accredited   

Indian   

or   

Overseas   

Dental

Schools.

CLEANLINESS / STERILIZATION PROTOCOL

8)  

Check  

if  

your  

dentist  

is  

fully  

aware  

of  

modern  

sterilization

methods   

to   

prevent   

cross-infection,   

   

including   

the   

use   

of

Autoclaves  

and  

disposables.  

Boiling  

water  

sterilization  

is  

not  

a

very  

effective  

method  

of  

sterilization  

and  

you  

can  

enquire  

on  

the

methods used by your dentist.

9)  

Keep  

an  

eye  

on  

the  

over-all  

cleanliness  

of  

the  

office  

and

surgery.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

10)   

Observe   

if   

you   

have   

privacy   

for   

your

treatment,  

case  

discussion  

and  

health  

status

disclosures.

11)     

Confirm     

if     

confidentiality     

will     

be

maintained    

in    

terms    

of    

your    

treatment

records and health status disclosures.

12)  

Confirm  

if  

your  

approval  

is  

being  

sought

or  

your  

concerns  

addressed,  

prior  

to  

taking

your  

pictures  

for  

purposes  

other  

than  

case

records, for example - for publications, etc.

13)  

Observe  

the  

overall  

conduct  

of  

the  

dentist  

and  

the  

staff  

in

their  

interaction  

with  

you  

and  

their  

other  

patients  

-  

are  

they

courteous, friendly and respectful.

14)  

Your  

time  

and  

the  

dentist's  

time  

is  

important.  

Note  

if  

the

dental   

team   

encourages   

and   

adheres   

to   

given   

appointment

schedules.

15)  

Note  

if  

you  

have  

been  

explained  

about  

your  

problems  

and

their    

recommended    

treatments    

in    

a    

manner    

you    

can

comprehend and give informed consent.

16)  

Note  

if  

the  

treatment  

charges,  

financial  

obligations,  

mode  

of

payment  

etc.,  

explained  

  

and  

approved  

with  

from  

you  

before  

the

treatment was started.

OVER-TREATMENT : A GLOBAL PHENOMENON

17)     

Be     

cautious     

of     

dentists     

who

recommend     

extensive     

and     

elaborate

treatment plans.

18)    

Be    

cautious    

of    

dentists    

who    

sell

medicines or supplements.

19)     

Be     

cautious     

of     

dentists     

who

recommend      

routine      

replacement      

of

amalgam   

fillings   

or   

removal   

or   

teeth   

instead   

of   

root   

canal

treatment.

20)  

Be  

cautious  

of  

dentists  

who  

advertise  

"specialized  

skills"  

in

single sitting wonder cosmetic treatments.

21)  

When  

the  

charges  

of  

dental  

treatment  

are  

too  

low  

compared

to  

other  

dentists  

in  

the  

area,  

there  

may  

be  

tendency  

to  

overdo

the number of services, unnecessarily.

22)  

Good  

dentists  

are  

prevention  

oriented  

and  

lay  

emphasis  

on

fluoride   

toothpastes,   

dental   

sealants,   

oral   

health   

education,

complete oro-dental examination, and a regular recall.

QUALITY  

V/S  

QUANTITY  

:  

GOOD  

THINGS  

IN  

LIFE  

DO  

NOT

HAPPEN IN AN INSTANT

23)  

Cost  

of  

dental  

treatment  

is  

not  

the  

best  

judge  

of  

quality  

of

care.

24)  

  

Good  

dentistry  

is  

an  

art  

and  

a  

science.  

Pay  

attention  

to  

the

time  

your  

dentist  

takes  

to  

do  

the  

work.  

High-quality  

dentistry

cannot  

be  

done  

  

in  

a  

factory  

assembly-line;  

it  

takes  

time  

and

meticulous attention to detail.

25)  

Quality  

oriented  

dentists,  

genuinely  

interested  

in  

the  

health

of  

their  

patients,  

emphasis  

a  

regular  

recall  

and  

maintenance.

Patient  

treatment  

records  

are  

maintained  

and  

the  

patients  

are

put on a recall programme after the treatment is completed.

SECOND OPINIONS

26)  

If  

you  

are  

in  

doubt  

over  

the  

over-all

treatment    

plan    

in    

any    

way,    

choose    

a

second  

opinion.  

If  

your  

dentist's  

treatment

plan  

is  

sound,  

it  

should  

hold  

up  

to  

scrutiny

by   

others   

in   

the   

profession,   

especially

those associated with a Dental School.

WORD OF MOUTH REFERRALS

27)  

Word  

of  

mouth  

referrals  

are  

important  

guides  

to  

choosing  

a

dentist.    

Friends,    

family,    

acquaintances    

and    

other    

health

professionals  

can  

recommend  

good  

dentists.  

However,  

word  

of

mouth  

referral  

does  

not  

mean  

blind  

trust.  

Scrutinize  

even  

the

referred dentist on your own scale.

SUGGESTED READING

Friedman  

JW  

and  

others.  

Complete  

Guide  

to  

Dental  

Health:

How  

to  

Avoid  

Being  

Overcharged  

and  

Overtreated.  

New  

York,

1991, Consumer Reports Books.

Guideline  

for  

Monitoring  

and  

Management  

of  

  

Pediatric  

Patients

During   

and   

After   

Sedation   

for   

Diagnostic   

and   

Therapeutic

Procedures.  American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011

 

Guidelines  

for  

the  

Use  

of  

  

Sedation  

and  

General  

Anesthesia  

by

Dentists. American Dental Association, 2007

 

How  

to  

choose  

a  

dentist.  

Consumers  

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March  

1997,

pp. 20­24.

Ecenbarger   

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honest   

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MD  

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Robert  

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Fraud,   

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