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Chapter-56 Dentists (Code of Ethics)

BOOK TITLE: Manual for Dental Hygienist

Author
1. Awasthi Maj Gen PN
ISBN
9789352702282
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14199_57
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
5
Author Affiliations
1. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, Maharashtra, India; Indian Army Dental Corps, Dental Council of India; Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, Maharashtra, India; Indian Army Dental Corps; Dental Council of India; Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India
Chapter keywords
Code of ethics, preventive dentistry, professional negligence, malpractice, Dental Council of India, oral health practice, oral health care

Abstract

The chapter gives an overview of code of ethics followed by dentists in their practice. It starts with a brief history of dentistry, from dental writings of Hippocrates to earliest record of orthodontic treatment by finger pressure by Cornelius Celsus of Rome in the year 25 BC–AD 50 and to therapeutic method of acupuncture developed by Chinese for curing pain in the gums, to 1723, when Pierre Fauchard, a French Surgeon, was credited as Father of Modern Dentistry. Dentists’ Code of Ethics were notified by Dental Council of India in 2014.It comprises providing oral health care using the highest levels of professional knowledge, judgment and ability; serving all patients without discrimination; holding professional relationships in confidence; using every opportunity to increase public understanding of oral health practices; cooperating with all health professions in meeting the health needs of the public, etc. The legal issues include professional duties, professional negligence, and malpractices. Dental Council of India came into being in 1949 following the passing of Dentist’s Act in 1948 by Indian parliament in March 1948. Preventive dentistry approach is also discussed in this chapter.

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