Code of ethics of dentists

Dentists are considered reliable medical professionals for their patients and the community. The Association Dental American (ADA) has developed a code of ethics with five principles requires dentists carried out to maintain that trust and professional reputation.

Patient autonomy

According to this principle, dentists should involve their patients in their treatment options and protect your privacy. A dentist must inform his patient the treatment he needs, like any alternative treatment, and maintain and preserve records dental patient so that treatment is confidential.

No maleficence

No maleficence literally means “does no harm”. Under this principle, it is required that dental professionals have updated their education and training, and know when to consult specialists or other medical professionals when faced with a situation that is out of your realm of familiarity. Thus, they are providing the best care for their patients and protecting them from harm.


Charity means “doing well”. Because trust and positive reputation associated with dentists in the public eye, are encouraged to promote the welfare of their patients. This includes participating in community service, make the results of their research available to others and report signs of abuse and neglect in their patients to the appropriate authorities.


Dentists are required to be fair and do not deny services to patients based on any kind of judgment as to race, color, creed, gender or national origin. It is also unethical for dentists refuse to treat patients with diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.


Dentists should be honest and maintain integrity when working with patients or claims of outside organizations. Dentists should maintain consistency with the performance of their rates and not make false claims that their services will cure diseases or conditions.