Rob Raible: Telephone: 202.789.5166 Email: email@example.com
Richard Green: Telephone: 202.789.5170 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ADA Code of Ethics states that "professionals have a duty to act for the benefit of others. Under this principle, the dentist's primary obligation is service to the patient and the public-at-large. The most important aspect of this obligation is the competent and timely delivery of dental care within the bounds of clinical circumstances presented by the patient, with due consideration being given to the needs, desires and values of the patient. The same ethical considerations apply whether the dentist engages in fee-for-service, managed care or some other practice arrangement. Dentists may choose to enter into contracts governing the provision of care to a group of patients; however, contract obligations do not excuse dentists from their ethical duty to put the patient's welfare first."
The ADA believes that all dentists should adhere to the highest ethical standards, as set by their profession, for the benefit of their patients and the public. States should hold all dentists providing care within their jurisdictions to the same ethical and legal standards, regardless of who owns those dentists’ practices.