All dentists complete the same basic education — undergrad, then dental school and residency. These are all part of a good dental foundation, but excellent dentists know it’s just the beginning. Is your dentist in Ohio committed to improving throughout his or her career with continuing education? Is he or she a member of the top dental associations? Finding out can tell you a lot about the quality of care you’ll receive at their dental practice. Keep reading to learn more.
Excellent dentists never stop learning
The best medical professionals know they’re never finished learning, and are constantly seeking out opportunities to learn about the latest advancements in their field. Dentists can do this largely by gaining certifications and memberships into the top dental associations. Some of the best ones are listed below — is your dentist involved in any of them?
American Dental Association
As “America’s leading advocate for oral health,” the American Dental Association (ADA) supports dental professionals by providing access to vital information regarding advancements in oral research, managing a successful practice, providing superb patient care and more. More than 158,000 dentists are part of this powerful organization, a testament to its importance in the profession.
Academy of General Dentistry
Members of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) benefit from exclusive continuing education opportunities and advocacy. The AGD also provides members access to its award-winning publications with news on the latest advancements in dentistry — a key to success in the field. Top dentists are also eligible for their prestigious Fellowship and Mastership awards.
Ohio Dental Association
In our state, the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) is a great organization that indicates your dentist’s interest in professional development. With the goal of informing, representing and serving Ohio’s dentists, the ODA provides vital support to help your dental practice thrive.
Where to find this important information?
So now you know what to look for when searching for an excellent dentist, but where do you find it? Associations, certificates and affiliations are usually listed in the practice’s “About” page — if not, you can find this information by calling the practice to inquire directly.
At Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, we’re proud of our team’s commitment to constant improvement through continuing education. Our dentists are members of these and other top dental associations, and our patients benefit from their expert care every single day. If you’d like to be one of them, call us to find out more or to book your appointment today!