Law and Ethics for Dental Assisting Exam Study Guide
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This article is divided into two parts. The first part deals with dental ethics and the second part deals with dental law. Generally, ethical standards are higher than legal ones. Something can be legal but unethical—for example, the slavery laws in the nineteenth century.
Concepts and Skills
Dental healthcare professionals are expected to adhere to ethical standards when dealing with patients and the general public. This chapter is divided into nine topics:
- Sources of Ethics
- Basic Ethical Principles
- Professional Code of Ethics
- Ethical Principles and Dilemmas
- State Dental Practices Act
- Dental Board
- Supervision of Duties
- Dental Team–Patient Relationship
- Reporting of Abuse and Neglect
Sources of Ethics
From an early age, we learn how to deal with and treat others. There are many ways we learn about personal ethics. These sources include parents, basic instincts, teachers, moral codes, and examples of others.
Parents are our first influences. They teach us about moral and ethical decision making. Ethical choices and decisions are made starting at very young ages, and parents are the guides.
Most of us have some level of intuition or “feeling” about whether something is right or wrong. It is important to pay attention to those feelings and always put the patient’s best interests first.
School is one of the first places where individuals encounter moral and/or ethical decisions. Teachers are the facilitators in this area of learning. They help to instill a sense of right and wrong in children.
Some individuals have a set of moral codes or religious beliefs that are followed to aid them in making ethical choices and decisions. Every religion has a moral code that members should abide by and use as guidelines when making moral and ethical decisions.
Examples of Others
Role models of those making ethical decisions or living their lives with positive morals and values are invaluable. Individuals can be influenced by watching the good choices made by someone else.
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