Dentist’s book aims to advise consumers about identifying unethical care
BY Cathy Hester Seckman, RDH
If you’re a writer who wants to catch the public’s attention, you have to have a catchy hook. New Jersey dentist and author Ryan Maher has come up with a winner. “The Trooth in Dentistry,” by Ryan C. Maher, DMD, was published in February as a consumer guide to the ethics of dentistry.
Dr. Maher has been practicing since 1997, and in the beginning was excited to help people and make a difference in their lives. He explains, “I would say my goal was to have patients walk out of my office extremely happy, even those who walked in hating dentists or in extreme pain.”
Like most of us, his starry-eyed enthusiasm soon faded under the harsh light of reality. Within three years, he says, he had begun to question his career path as an associate dentist. He had begun to see what he believed to be unethical dentistry being performed. So he started taking notes.
Those notes eventually led to “The Trooth in Dentistry.” Dr. Maher’s goal is not to anger his peers, or have them think he is trying to give dentistry a bad name, but to heighten the awareness of patients. He wants dental consumers to know there is a very small population of dentists who are not practicing in an ethical manner. He also wants consumers to know they can-and should-become an integral part of a dental office/patient team. Only in that way, he believes, can we lower the incidence of malpractice, trauma, careless mistakes, and potentially lethal treatment in dentistry.