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For more than ten years I've been getting my dental work done at the OHSU Dental School in Portland. It costs 25% to 50% less than a regular dentist and I've found that they're less likely to recommend an expensive procedure I don't really need to cover the lease payment on a new Mercedes.


In my years as a furnace repairman, I found all too often that people had recommendations made to replace equipment when what was needed was competent repair. And all too often, repairmen recommended repairs that weren't needed, or did more than needed to be done.

That led me to conclude that the two most important things to look for in a service provider of any kind were 1) HONESTY and 2) competence.

I actually had a physician ready to remove a growth on my eyelid with liquid nitrogen but at the last minute deciding not to do that, but to refer me to a specialist. That led me to conclude that honesty was MORE IMPORTANT than competence.

Experience with my dentist has led me to conclude that he is both honest and competent. So I continue to use his services and am happy to pay for them.

Still, I appreciate intercst's caution. There are certainly dentists out there who will recommend more in the way of expensive services than are needed. And finding honest and competent service can be difficult to do.

Seattle Pioneer
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