Updated: Aug 13, 2021
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
Simply put.…..practicing clinical integrity is doing the right thing when no one is checking because it is the right procedure to do based on clinical standards of care. Can you say for certain that daily you practice clinical integrity with each one of your patients?
Or are you mimicking the nail salon where you ask your patient to pick their favorite flavor and then start polishing within 10 minutes of seating your patient? Do you take vertical bite-wings on your patient with bone loss or those with multiple posterior restorations? Does everyone get a 6 month pick, flick and polish appointment? Have you ever thought that your patient in the chair does not want to hear you talk the whole appointment time about you and your partner's vacation? You are a professional and your patients want you to talk about their dental needs and wants to them.
There are risks for cutting corners not only for you as the clinician but more importantly to your patients. Once you start down the rabbit hole of not taking blood pressure, not charting clinical attachment level, not taking radiographs of all their teeth (not just the back ones) you will have a difficult time catching back up with your patient. I know because I have been there.
Be that dental health care provider and make patients healthier rather than making patients happier. Mentoring the dental providers so that they can maintain clinical integrity based on accurate diagnostic records has been the most important part of my dental pathway. Come join me.