Oral health news: Singapore dentists call for tougher regulations
People wishing to avoid emergency dentistry could be interested to hear dental experts in Singapore are calling for tougher regulations to ensure fair practice.
According to TodayOnline, the National Dental Centre (NDC) is working to introduce stricter guidelines for oral health professionals.
Calls for legislation changes come after dental surgeon Debbie Hong Pooi Mun was prosecuted for the incorrect removal of two healthy teeth.
The incident occurred as a result of problems with administration, as the patient's referral slip had been attached to the wrong contact details.
Private dentist Dr Irene Chua urged dental practitioners to ensure contact details and information are correctly stored.
She said: "When we get a card we have to identify if this is really the patient we are seeing and the mouth must match what is depicted on the card."
Bupa UK advises people to ensure they inform their emergency dentist of any pre-existing medical conditions before undergoing a tooth extraction.