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A Code of Ethics

Posted on Sep 03, 2018 03:26 pm by asdohasdablog

In a 2015 study, the ADA found that 69% of patients were more likely to see a dentist knowing that the ADA had a Code of Ethics. Below is a quick summary of the ADA Code of Ethics. Whether you are a dental student or a practicing dentist it is always worth the time to refresh yourself on an important part of what it means to be a dentist.

The full ADA Code of Ethics can be found here. Additionally, if you would like more resources on The Dental Practice Act and Ethical Decision Making, please feel free to reference the following: JADA “Ethical Moment”Ethics CE program online through ADA.orgAmerican College of Dentists


Principle 1–Patient Autonomy: Dentists have the duty to respect the patient’s right to self determination and confidentialityInform the patient of proposed treatment and possible alternativesSafeguard the confidentiality of records


Principle 2–Non-Maleficence: “Do No Harm” Keep up with current knowledge and skillsKnow your own limitations and know when to referBoundary issues: doctor-patient relationships social or financial*Remember: all the state dental boards are related to each other electronically

Principle 3–Beneficence: “Do Good” Be leaders in the communityDentists are encouraged to use skills and knowledge for the benefit of the publicConduct yourself to bring esteem to the profession


Principle 4–Justice/Fairness Duty to be fair in dealings with patientsDeliver care without prejudice, emergency careActively seek allies in the community


Principle 5–Veracity Dentists shall not represent care or fees in false in a misleading mannerRebates, Split fees and “kickbacks” are absolutely prohibited under Federal “Stark Laws”

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