Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

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Season’s Greetings. Bokeh photography.

Dear readers,

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I will be on a holiday during the Christmas and New Year and I have allowed myself to take a break from blogging for couple of weeks (lets see if I can do it!).

Thank you for this year! Thank you for reading my posts, sharing them and returning back for more – some of you have even taken time to comment them. I am very grateful for all this and hope you will keep on finding posts from my blog that will interest you. The next blog post will be posted after New Year.

Until then, take care and see you soon!

All the best,

Dental Revelations

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Dental Revelations is giving away brand new electric toothbrush by Jordan. Plus spare brusheads. If you want to enter the draw, follow the instructions below.

  1. Visit and like facebook page of Dental Revelations Blog
  2. Like the competition post there

That’s it. Simple isn’t it? 

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Dental Revelations is not liable for any possible damage that might occur in transit of the toothbrush.

More about the Jordan Clean Fresh here.

Should I Work Tomorrow?

When a dental professional cuts a finger, it’s not plain sailing.

Oh how I hate my profession everytime I cut my finger! This time I was slicing a crusty bread and the crust was slightly too hard for the knife. As a result the knife slipped into my index finger, rather deep. But I made a compression bandage and the cut is pretty neat at the moment.

The big question for all the dental professionals is, should one do clinical work with cut like this on a hand?

Guest Bloggers Welcome

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Fancy writing as a guest author? Fire away!

Dental Revelations is looking for authors with a twisted sense of (dental) humour. You could be professional or a patient as long as you rock. There are no limits on the subject as long as the script has something to do with oral health or dentistry.

Send scripts with author bio via email or the contact form below. Dental Revelations reserves a right to amend the scripts (grammar, spelling etc).

Happy writing!

Years of Malpractice – How Is It Possible?

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Where there is smoke, there is fire. Dentists negligent behaviour should be act upon.

Ever wondered how it is possible that the dentists who are not practicing dentistry up to the standards get caught only after years of practicing the profession? Well you have come to the right place to find out.

Is It the Patients’ Fault?

Nope. Absolutely not.

The patients cannot tell the difference between a good and bad dentist when it comes to the skills of a dentist. Or if the procedures have been done as they should and if they are necessary in the first place. Or if the instruments entering their mouth have been properly cleaned (take a look at my previous post about this).

An average patient can only judge the dentist by the looks of him and the practice, and by the dentist’s chairside manners. The rest is build on a trust of receiving good and adequate care. But every once in a while this trust is broken and the dentist ends up in the headlines.

But please remember that not all the dentists ending up to the headlines are rogue dentists as I have written previously.

Collegiality Gone Bad

Collegiality between the dentists means respect to one another’s abilities to work towards the same purpose. Helping patients. But collegiality has an ugly side as well. It is an unwritten code between the dentists which means one should not interfere or especially under any circumstances critizise a fellow dentist’s work. It is a code one should not break. The hygienists are expected to play by the same rules.

Now, this creates a problem. When a dentist is underperforming, the colleagues hear this from the hygienists and nurses. They see see it from the teeth of the patients who come too see them instead of their regular dentist (e.g. for emergency visit or whilst the regular dentist is on a holiday). They know there is a problem but very rarely they raise questions.

Instead the patient is kept under an illusion that the regular dentist has made the right decisions by distorting the truth.

Distorted truth:

“This decay is in such a difficult area to notice.”

The truth:

“This massive decay is so big that even my half-blind grandmother would find it.”

Distorted truth:

“Your dentist has marked it as an early decay, something to be kept an eye on… it has now grown bigger and needs a filling.”

The truth:

“Your dentist needs to have his eyes checked. This decay should have been filled ages ago. If you are lucky enough, you avoid the root canal treatment.”

Conclusion

It should be every dentist’s duty to report problems in colleague’s way of practicing dentistry. The Code of Ethics by ADA state the following:

Dentists should be aware that jurisdictional laws vary in their definitions of abuse and neglect, in their reporting requirements and the extent to which immunity is granted to good faith reporters. The variances may raise potential legal and other risks that should be considered, while keeping in mind the duty to put the welfare of the patient first. Therefore a dentist’s ethical obligation to identify and report suspected cases of abuse and neglect can vary from one jurisdiction to another

In my opinion, you don’t pull out the biggest guns if you suspect negligent behaviour from your colleague. The dentist in question should be given adequate time to correct the problem e.g. by revising.

The privilege of dentists to be accorded professional status rests primarily in the knowledge, skill and experience with which they serve their patients and society. All dentists, therefore, have the obligation of keeping their knowledge and skill current.

If nothing changes, more severe means should take place. This includes giving warnings and as a last resort filing a complaint to the relevant authorities.

Naturally, if the negligence is severe, one should not hesitate to contact authorities urgently.

The bible of dentistry aka ADA’s Code of Ethics 2016 in full.

If you fancy further reading on the subject, here’s a true story by yours truly. 

Omg!

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I just went through ten minutes of blogging nightmare. I use both WordPress mobile application and desktop browser to write and edit my posts. Last night I noticed that for some reason the mobile app stopped updating the draft posts written on PC. I used the force stop for the WordPress app but it made no difference whatsoever.

Today I finished my newest post Are Your Tools Clean? on my PC. It went live somewhat six hours ago, but I have a habit of reading my posts on a browser after I have posted them and test the links once more. I did this just half an hour ago with my smart phone’s browser. I noticed that one of the links didn’t work so I changed it in the WordPress app and pressed update. A big mistake!

I didn’t read the post through – I just quickly went for the malfunctioning link and repaired it. When I returned to the browser to see the post again, it was gone! I got this horrible sinking feeling that I had done something really stupid. You see, I didn’t remember the mobile app got stuck last night. It was still stuck. And the mobile app had a very unfinished version of the new post so when I pressed update, it updated to this version of the post which was still under a draft status.

So whilst balancing between rewriting the post and jumping off the cliff I remembered seeing a word revision over the preview/publish buttons. And voilà! I found my precious post and returned it back to it’s place! Phew! I’m way too old for this kind of excitement.