A report released this week by the Canadian Institute for Dental Research says dentists across the country are getting better, and the profession is better educated, but there are still some major flaws in its quality assessment.
Dental education is critical in helping patients to have a quality dental service, but dentists also need to be able to speak to patients in their own language, and they have to have good communication skills.
The report, released last week, also says that while there are many problems with dentistry that are not being addressed by the provincial government, the quality of dentistry is improving across Canada.
DDSD President Dr. John DeGroote said the findings are an important step forward in improving dentistry’s reputation.
“The dentists in the report have done a very good job, and that is to do a good job in communicating with patients and understanding their needs, so they can make informed decisions, they can communicate clearly with patients,” said DeGroose.
“But there are some things that they are doing that are a little bit off, and so it’s very important to continue to work on those areas.”
DeGroote, who has also worked in the industry for decades, says the report is critical because dentists are not getting paid enough, which is a major issue in the profession.
“A lot of dentists, they’re doing really well, and it’s just the dentists themselves who are paying the bills,” he said.
The report also outlines how dentists can work collaboratively to improve their quality of care. “
They’re not paying their staff properly, and we need to do better.”
The report also outlines how dentists can work collaboratively to improve their quality of care.
“There is a great need for dental education and a need for training in communication between dentists and patients, which can be done by dental schools and clinics, but it also requires a lot of collaboration between dentistry schools and dental programs and clinics,” said Dr. Jean-Jacques Gagnon, the chair of the DDSF.
“Dentists need to become more collaborative and have a good working relationship with dentists.”
DeGron said it’s important to recognize that dentists need time to improve.
“Dentistry needs to get more educated,” he added.
“The quality of the dentistry and the quality, and not just the income, needs to improve.”
DeGrooe said it is not the case that dentistry can be a “career killer.”
“Dental students need to understand how to communicate in English, and there is also the need for dentists to communicate with patients, and to be very good communicators,” he explained.
“In the end, we need a dentist who can provide good care, and then we can provide the service we want.”
De Groote said that while he thinks the report highlights a need, it also does not make dentists any less qualified.
“I think it is a positive, and I think it should make dentistry better,” he told CBC News.
“If you look back at the history of dentition, and you look for the best dentists of the time, they weren’t great dentists — they were bad dentists because they didn’t communicate, and patients didn’t understand what was happening.”
He added that dentism can be taught in a variety of ways, and he believes dentists should be taught to communicate and to understand patients better.
“If you want to learn a different language, or if you want something different, then you need to learn how to use that,” said Gagnons.
“And when you’re working on the dental school, it’s more of an educational opportunity for the student, and for the teachers.
And that is really important.”
The DDSS is asking all of its members to contact their provincial dental board to speak with the president.
The province is also asking all dentists participating in the DBS program to provide oral examinations to dentists as part of their training.
The DBS is an ongoing program that is funded by the government of Ontario.
DBS graduates receive full-time work as dentists for six months after graduation.