The ADA, or American Dental Association, is an organization designed to help dentists succeed and support the advancement of dental health for the public. The ADA has supported dentistry for over 160 years, and currently has over 160,000 members. They provide rules and regulations for the dental industry. They also research ongoing issues in dentistry, while supporting research and development for products and services intended to improve the maintenance and restoration of oral health.
Importance of ADA Ethics
The ADA expects dentists to adhere to ethical guidelines. These guidelines direct the practice, performance, and quality of dental care. They include:
- Respect a patient’s wants and needs, including their preferred treatments.
- Do no harm by using current education, research, and training to provide the best dental care.
- Do good by providing high-quality treatment for all patients.
- Be fair to all patients by avoiding all discrimination and prejudice.
- Be truthful in all matters related to dental practice, especially when it comes to costs, necessity, risks, and details on procedures.
These ethics are based on core values and precepts that all dentists are expected to follow and uphold.
A person in the dental field holds a special position of trust in the eyes of their patients, as well as the community. A dentist who pays attention to the latest information from the ADA has access to training and resources to provide the best dental care available. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your oral health is in good hands.
For more information on the ADA, you can visit their official website or MouthHealthy.org their patient-oriented website. Both feature dental care products researched by the ADA and with their Seal of Acceptance. There is also plenty of information on dental procedures, nutrition, and other topics.
The Placerville Dental Group pays attention to the expectations of the ADA. It’s another way we make sure to provide you with the best quality care for your oral health. For more information about our team of practitioners, please give our office a call, ask any question using our online form, or bring the subject up at your next semiannual checkup.