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Keeping your mouth healthy is essential to your overall health and having a good relationship with your dentist is key. When you choose an ADA member dentist, you're seeing a dentist who has access to up-to-date information and resources. ADA dentists also agree to follow the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, which means they have made a professional promise to put your health and well-being first.
To make sure you are seeing an ADA dentist who has promised to follow these five principles below, ask if your dentist is an ADA member or use ADA Find-a-Dentist™ to find an ADA member dentist near you.
Principle 1: Self-governance
You have the right as a patient to be involved in your treatment decisions, and your ADA dentist has a duty to honor your decisions within acceptable treatment parameters and to safeguard your privacy.
Principle 2: Do no harm
Your ADA dentist has a duty to protect you from harm and must keep his or her knowledge and skills current.
Principle 3: Do good
Your ADA dentist has a duty to promote your welfare by delivering competent and timely dental care that takes into consideration your needs, desires and values.
Principle 4: Fairness
Your ADA dentist has a duty to treat all people fairly and deliver dental care without prejudice.
Principle 5: Truthfulness
Your ADA dentist has a duty to be honest and trustworthy.