Do you perform background checks on potential employees prior to hire or are you still relying on interviews and references alone?  It’s helpful to avoid future legal and financial woes by ensuring that you hire right the first time.  It is especially important to check the background of potential employees who will be handling patient financial accounts.  A small dental office may be able to handle these checks privately by performing a credit check and criminal background check.  These items are available for a small fee, but require a short wait for results.  If you operate a larger dental or orthodontic practice, you might want to consider hiring a company that performs pre-employment verification.


It is important to keep in mind the restrictions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) before beginning a background check.  The FCRA requires employee signed consent prior to performing a credit or consumer report.  Many states provide pending court case information free to the public online.  Check your local state for this information and for state laws regarding how this information can be used in the hiring process.  Each state has different regulations as to what criminal records may be used in hiring decisions so proceed cautiously, keeping in mind your local laws.