Choosing to get dental work done away from home can be quite a tricky affair. While choosing a dentist in New Delhi, India, the following might serve as a guideline to verify if you are in safe hands :
Dentistry is a licensed profession. Please verify that your dentist holds license in the form of a registration number from the respective Dental Council or any other Indian State Dental Council.
Verify that your dentist holds as a minimum, a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Degree from an Indian University/Dental College accredited by the Dental Council of India after 4+1 years of training.
Verify that your dentist has a license/registration certificate which has been renewed for the current year. The Delhi Dental Council, renews the registration certificate every year, with a validity period of one year, from January to December of each year.
Be wary of the number of “fake” dentists (or quacks) practicing in India – both in metropolitan cities, townships and rural areas. They do not have any qualifications or registration. Be cautious of Quacks.
CLEANLINESS / STERILIZATION PROTOCOL
Check if your dentist is fully aware of modern sterilization methods to prevent cross-infection, including the use of Autoclaves and disposables. Boiling water sterilization is not a very effective method of sterilization and you can enquire on the methods used by your dentist.
Keep an eye on the over-all cleanliness of the office and surgery.