Dr. Daniel Tong
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Professional Summary of Dr. Daniel Tong
Dr Daniel Tong graduated in 2011 from the University of Melbourne. He began his career in rural New South Wales, before returning to Victoria to work for a private metropolitan practice. Daniel has been working at MC Dental since 2012.
During his years of practice, Daniel has developed a keen interest in Orthodontics. This led him to complete an intensive two-year program with Progressive Orthodontic Seminars. He was awarded a Fellowship from the International College of Continuing Dental Education in Singapore in 2015. He is also an accredited Invisalign provider.
Daniel has a particular interest in providing high-quality care in the areas of endodontics (root canals) and fixed prosthodontics. He has accumulated countless hours of continuing education with leading clinicians and institutions to maintain his high standard of knowledge and skill.
In his own words
I took up dentistry because I wanted to mirror the great connection my family dentist had with his patients. He established a good name for himself within the community and people really respected him.
Ever since I was a kid in school, I enjoyed science, working with my hands and fixing things and I have always been a very order-driven, procedural person. Essentially, a profession in dentistry combined all of the elements above into my dream job.
In my mind, there are no bad patients. If someone has been given this label it’s because of a miscommunication or, for whatever reason, if they feel uncomfortable about the treatment.
As a dentist, it’s important to communicate with the patient on a personal level. You need to make sure they are comfortable, ensuring their needs and interests are above yours.
Empowering patients to take control of their oral health
The most important thing in a dental practice is achieving a positive change in the patient’s perception of their oral health.
One of the hardest things about my job is making sure patients understand their oral health problems and helping them take action and responsibility; working towards a healthier mouth and smile.
Along with this, you also need to dissolve false realities created by social media and from society’s negative perception of the dental profession as a whole.
I’m patient, empathetic and a great listener. I want to help patients discern their fears and build inner strength, so they feel comfortable enough to face them.
The motivation behind a smile
At MC Dental, we see many different types of patients who walk through our doors. All patients have their challenges and difficulties.
One time, I had a patient with cerebral palsy who was in a wheelchair. There were issues communicating to the patient and at times, the carer was difficult too. However, after all the collaborative work caring for the patient, they left the practice with a large smile.
Seeing that smile was a great personal motivator. Good customer service creates positive outcomes. In turn, this empowers the patient to create changes in their oral health.
Reaching your fullest potential
Personally, I like to inspire and lead others to work to their fullest potential. It’s important to be open-minded about new ideas and perspectives as they may be beneficial to both my role and the practice.
This makes communication essential. To have a well-oiled and smooth-running practice, there needs to be an underlying, healthy amount of respect. In particular, it is important for the front desk staff to clearly reiterate our practice mission and values to patients as they are the “face” of the practice.
The man outside the dental practice
When I am not at MC Dental, you will find me relaxing and unwinding at the piano, playing some classic tunes or covers of today’s trending songs. I go to the gym occasionally throughout the week to work off the extra calories gained from being a foodie.
I am a big fan of reading about new perspectives and occasionally getaway on an adventure to somewhere I don’t normally go.
I also practice mindfulness and enjoy a good glass of red with some friends.
Name:Dr. Daniel Tong
Address: Melbourne Central
Degree BDsc (Melb)