Modern Smiles

 

What is this site about?

 

You have come to the site that will help you understand what the rules are as regards NHS and private dentistry in Great Britain. Like any profession, dentistry has bad boys who are only interested in getting as much money as possible from each patient.

 

I will give you the knowledge of the rules to help you make a choice. To be honest, if you think your dentist is pulling a "fast one" you are better off moving on.

 

Some of the things that I may say could get me into trouble. That is why I have decided to remain anonymous. I will not be doing any checking on people claiming to be a dentist who appear on the forum, so take what they say with a pinch of salt. Any troublemakers will be banned.

 

I am happy to give advice. I am also happy to look at photographs and x-rays. {tech support for uploading pictures}this is where the situation gets difficult for patients to understand. First, NOTHING beats being able to actually examine the patient. No matter how many photos, x-rays or even plaster models of a mouth one looks at; being able to do a check-up on the patient is the best way to get information and nothing else is a substitute.

Second, you can go to 10 different dentists, get 11 different treatment plans, and they will ALL be right.

 

Choose your dentist wisely. Just because they are famous, have been on television, have a practice in Harley Street (or your local equivalent) or have a celebrity patient list does NOT make them good. All it proves is that they are good are marketing, usually themselves. Some of the dentists with the best hands I have come across are just as good, if not better than the famous ones. Not being famous means they are often cheaper too. There are some cracking bargains out there.

 

General advice about NHS entitlements on the NHS will be answered as they are covered by law. Though I am not a lawyer, I can read the read and understand The National Heath Service (General Dental Services Contracts) Regulations 2005.

 

Does your prospective dentist's web site make you want to vomit? Is it full of self-congratulatory pap? On one web site that I checked for here, the dentist proclaimed that he had undertaken further study and has passed the LDC from the Royal Collage of Surgeons of England. Not many patients would know that that is a license, not a diploma or degree. It is on a level as the basic BDS at best and is most certainly not normally considered to be a post-graduate qualification in the true meaning of the word. It is like having 2 BDSs, well 1¾ actually. Intentionally misleading or not, that is its effect. The General Dental Council, which is meant to protect patients dies a very poor job in my opinion and that of other dentists.

 

A forum will be set up for you to ask questions, post photos and hopefully, get loads of opinions.