And if you were to ask me, do you trust your Dentist my immediate response would be of course. Why wouldn't I. He is a professional and I trust him completely.
Now I have to ask myself why do I trust him. Is it because he has a diploma hanging on his wall? Because he looks trust worthy? Maybe even eye candy?
Seriously though, I think it's because we as a society automatically trust professionals like dentists, doctors, teachers, mechanics. Okay maybe not mechanics. They have to earn our trust.
Why is that? Dentists are human just like the rest of us and dare I say it - they can be flawed. This never occurred to me.
Am I the only one who thinks this way?
But I also know Dentists have a legal obligation to avoid acts or omissions (which can be reasonably foreseen) to likely cause harm to others.
This Duty of Care is a standard in the law of negligence for a person or organization to act the way a responsible person should act in a given set of circumstances, and a deviation from this could result in negligence.
Even with a legal obligation looming over his head a Dentist could be tempted. Tempted how? I'll tell you a little story. Promise to keep it brief.
My little brother (he's in his forties now) decided to go to a Dentist whose office was fairly close to the apartment where my brother lives.
The first appointment went smoothly. My brother found the Dentist to be personable and professional.
My brother hadn't been to a Dentist for some time so he assumed there would be some work required on his teeth.
Oh boy did he ever need some work. He had his teeth cleaned and polished, several fillings and a couple of teeth pulled.
Then the office called my brother to schedule more appointments to finish the work needed.
Thank goodness by this time my brother was advised by several people to go to a different Dentist.
Surprise, surprise. Victor's teeth were in good condition and did not require any further work at all.
Was Victor's previous Dentist filling perfectly healthy teeth? Did Victor really need to have two teeth pulled? Scary thought isn't it?
Hearing my brother's experience I believe the dentist saw the word sucker and dollar signs tattooed on Victor's forehead.
So now I ask you, do you trust your Dentist?
Maybe your Dentist doesn't go to the extreme that Victor's dentist did but could there be the occasional extra work? Maybe unprofessional conduct or incompetent conduct?
If you would like to know more check out this PDF: PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY FOR DENTISTS IN CANADA: MANAGING THE RISK.
Now let's throw in some stats to really get us scared. A top-ten dental malpractice insurance company shared these malpractice stats on The Dental Advocate site.
If you aren't freaked out, I hope at least I gave you something to think about.
We have so many choices now. It seems like dentist offices are popping up all over the place like corner stores.
Remember, when extensive dental work is advised, a second opinion is a good idea.
Bye for now.
Wishing you the best, Darlene
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