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CareCredit offers online tool to connect patients and practices

More and more patients are using the Internet to find information on dental procedures and the dentists who perform them. In addition, an increasing number of practices are using the Web and practice Web sites to attract and educate patients.

CareCredit, the provider of dental financing for patients, now offers the online Doctor Locator, an easy to access and use patient resource. Each month up to 350,000 patients use CareCredit's online Doctor Locator to find ADA member practices in their community that offer the program.

This recently enhanced feature on www.carecredit.com allows patients to perform detailed searches, including searching for dentists by specialty. Patients can also search for doctors by proximity, either within a specific zip code or defined by a radius of up to 75 miles. Patients can then map their selected practice and/or print driving directions.

Along with the member search feature of ADA.org, CareCredit's Doctor Locator is a tool that can help bring new patients to a member's practice—and CareCredit's listing is free for practices that offer the program.

A June 2008 ADA Member Advantage survey indicated attracting new patients was the top priority among survey respondents. This online listing enables practices to be more visible when new patients are looking for a dentist.

More than 100,000 practices now offer CareCredit and some 7 million patients have used the program to get the care they want and need. Patients who signed up for CareCredit at a nondental practice (veterinarians, ophthalmologists, audiologists and cosmetic surgeons also offer CareCredit) are encouraged to achieve and maintain their oral health and utilize the Doctor Locator if they need to find a new dentist.

"Patients appreciate the convenience of being able to pay for their treatment over time, especially in an uncertain economy," said David Fasoli, president of CareCredit. "Patients will use CareCredit for their LASIK procedure or for their pet care and then realize they can use it at their dentist's office. That's one of the reasons so many patients use our online Doctor Locator to find a dentist."

CareCredit is endorsed by ADA Member Advantage. ADA members can get started with CareCredit for only $20 by calling 1-800-300-3046, Ext. 4519, before Oct. 31.