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What is a dental standard?

October 14, 2015 What is a dental standard?

A document that:

  • Defines or provides specific technical requirements for a material, product, process, procedure, service, policy, etc.
  • Provides definitions dimensions, terminology, symbols, test methods, performance or safety requirements, etc.
  • Is clear, concise, unambiguous and easily understood by those not involved in its development
  • Facilitates the improvement and quality of oral health and the safety of dental care.
  • How can you get involved in the development of dental standards?
  • Pay attention to the ADA News when it publishes lists of new standards or technical reports available for comment.
  • Find one that relates to your interests or expertise.
  • Review the report or standard.
  • Submit comments and questions to
  • Contact the Department of Standards at the ADA and join a committee related to your interests or expertise.

You can read standards developed so far in 2015 online by visiting and searching for the headline, “New dental standards developed in 2015.”