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ADA Ethics Resources

All members of the American Dental Association voluntarily agree to abide by the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) as a condition of membership in the ADA. By requiring in its Bylaws that the professional conduct of its members be governed by the ADA Code, the ADA promotes adherence to high ethical standards by all members of the dental profession.

Through the activities of the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs—the agency dedicated to enhancing the ethical conscience of dentists — a forum is provided for self-regulation, the public and profession are kept informed of current and emerging ethical issues and members are reminded of their obligation to adhere to the standards of conduct set forth in the ADA Code.

Ethics Resources

The materials provided through this section of ADA.org are intended for members and dental students, as well as the public-at-large. This resource has been compiled and is provided by the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs in conjunction with ADA.org to increase awareness of ethics and professional standards and the application of ethical principles in the dental practice environment. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

ADA Ethics Hotline

The ADA Ethics Hotline is a member service designed to assist new dentists and other ADA members manage ethical challenges that may arise in day to day practice. Callers will be matched with a member of the Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs who will arrange to call the member at a mutually agreeable time to discuss the dilemma and offer resources that may assist in resolving the dilemma. For more information on the Ethics Hotline, click here.

Guest Editorial - Why Ethics?

Richard L. Brown, Jr., DDS, FAGD, Tulsa County TrusteePosted on August 19, 2011

Richard L. Brown, Jr., DDS, FAGD, Tulsa County Trustee. Originally published in the July/August 2011 ODA Journal. Reproduced with permission. ©2001 Oklahoma Dental Association. Read this article (PDF)

The ADA Council of Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs wishes to thank the American College of Dentists, the American Student Dental Association and ADA.org for their cooperation. This section may be used, copied and distributed for non-commercial purposes without obtaining prior approval from the ADA.