Article About Concerned Dentists of Texas Published in North Texas Dentistry
You invested an immense amount of time and money to become a dental professional, but things aren’t exactly as you thought they would be. Likely, there’s even more you don’t know that is hindering your rights as a dentist.
Concerned Dentists of Texas provides information resources for dentists who are in contracted or employee positions, dental associates, private practice or desire to be in private practice in the future.
We address current advocacy issues, such as oversupply of dentists in Texas, high-interest student loans, lack of enforcement of existing laws, restoring Texas sovereignty in dental licensure, and other issues affecting the doctor/patient relationship.
The current law regarding dental practice ownership, Sec. 251.003. Practice of Dentistry “owns, maintains, or operates an office” that person is practicing dentistry. It appears there are hundreds of dental offices that are operated or maintained by other than licensed dentists. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners has jurisdiction over licensees not the unlicensed practice of dentistry. We know of no State agency willing or able to enforce the law against the unlicensed practice of dentistry in order to protect Texas citizens and patients. It is imperative for patients to have full disclosure on who actually owns a dental practice and benefits from it financially.
What’s happening, and what do you need to know?
•Is the lack of employment opportunities affecting the location or the way you practice?
•Are your interests being represented?
•Are insurance companies interfering with your dentist/patient relationship?
•Are you frustrated because you work at a practice that takes most of your income and disallows continuity of care for your patients?
•Is it fair others who did not faithfully commit to the same level of education are allowed to get a dental license?
•Do you fully understand the employment contracts you are signing and the consequences?
•Do you realize that in spite of the 2012 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Report that did not recommend a fourth dental school it appears the State is moving forward with a fourth dental school?
These questions drive our mission and are the reason why we are so passionate about you as fellow dental professionals. So what can you do?
•Commit to becoming educated about the issues critical to our profession and to our patients by signing up for our emails at the top or bottom of this page.
•Make your Texas Representative and Senator aware of your concerns. They do want to hear from you, so let us know how we can help you. It is always best to meet in person with your legislators, but just remember that during the legislative session (140 days every two years), they are usually busier than during an off year. Calling, emailing, or writing your legislator is also effective.
•Support CDOT in our efforts by signing up for our free email alerts and joining the dialog on our facebook page.
If you’re a dental practitioner you can:
•Educate your colleagues and students about business model choices and how they affect their livelihood.
•Send CDOT information at email@example.com with your personal experiences, write an article or guest post or volunteer to help. Become a member and let your voice be heard. Make a difference.
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In short, we hope to see an organization develop that preserves the traditional values of the profession which stresses the doctor-patient relationship and ethics in the provision of care. We hope to provide the opportunity for the resurgence of the idea that the dental profession belongs to dentists.
Founded in 2015, Concerned Dentists of Texas (CDOT) is a group of dentists who seek to preserve the integrity of the individual professional in meeting his or her duty to their patient. A dentist has a primary ethical and legal obligation to their patient above all other interests. For this reason, Texas has a long-standing law requiring a dentist to own a dental practice. www.concerndeddentistsoftexas.com
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