Some of the largest and most prominent dentists are now using an online database to list their services.
The Health Information Technology Association, the trade association that represents dental professionals, said the database will be available for free to consumers.
The organization said it has been collecting data on more than 1.1 million dental professionals since March and has updated the database weekly.
The industry association said the new database will help consumers better understand dental care and make the most of their options.
Dentists are also making use of other tools to help them better manage patients and manage costs.
They are also creating tools to provide patients with information on their insurance coverage and to track their dental care expenses.
The association says it has partnered with other stakeholders to help consumers learn more about dental care.
A group of dentists is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether there are anti-consumer practices in the way the health care industry is reporting its services.
Dentistry has a long history of trying to avoid consumer scrutiny, said Kevin Saylor, president of the American Dental Association.
In his opinion, dentists should not have to answer to the government when it comes to how they report what they do, said Saylor.
Dentist associations, such as the American Academy of Dental Hygienists and the American College of Dentistry, have been pushing for better data collection and transparency in the dental industry.
Denticians are not required to disclose the types of tests and treatments they perform or how much they spend on dental care, and some do not report such information, according to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The dental associations are also asking the FTC to look into how consumers can use the information to make informed decisions about dental health care.
“We are looking at how to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to ensure that consumers get the most up-to-date information,” said Sacher.