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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 the ADA web site 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 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.

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 for their cooperation. This section may be used, copied and distributed for non-commercial purposes without obtaining prior approval from the ADA.