Why use dentaltips.org?
“..we should continue to be guided by an evidence-based dentistry philosophy to plan care that results in doing the right thing, done right, at the right time, for the right person”
Where is the evidence for my treatment recommendations?
We have a right to expect that publicly funded research is widely and freely available. For a variety of reasons, open access to research is not the norm, and paywalls to research inihibits the communication of treatment rationales. It is in the Patient's best interest to be well-informed about treatment options, procedures, and outcomes before proceeding with any treatment. The mission of DentalTips.org is to present streamlined objective evidence for dental treatments, so Patients can make well-informed decisions for the betterment of their oral health.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A CLINIC THAT BEST SUITS MY NEEDS?
Different dental clinics offer vastly different services. You are unlikely to be familiar with the wide range of dental services because you've only experienced dentistry by visiting several clinics. It is cost-prohibitive for one dental clinic to have the best equipment and training for every aspect of dentistry. DentalTips.org provides insight for how the Patient can utilise the diverse and specialised talent in the industry to optimise their own oral health.
Where can I seek an unbiased second opinion?
You cannot avoid this Conflict of Interest: Dentists make money directly on the recommendations that they make. It's hard to establish trust both ways. The Dental industry is fiercely competitive, patients are seen as commodities, and practice owners are incentivised to keep patients in their own clinic, sometimes despite being limited with treatment options. There is a non-trivial cost-barrier for seeking a second opinion, and oftentimes it's challenging to transfer your records. You need to equip yourself with the knowledge to make better treatment decisions. DentalTips.org offers the opportunity to seek guidance from clinicians who don't directly profit from treatment recommendations.