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Purpose. The purpose of Dental Ethics is to heighten ethical and professional responsibility, promote ethical conduct and professionalism in dentistry, advance dialogue on ethical issues, and stimulate reflection on common ethical problems in dental practice. Dental Ethics makes available courses, activities, and resources in dental ethics and professionalism to the dental community.
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Sections of Dental Ethics, including CODE, PEAD, and the ethical dilemmas published in the Texas Dental Journal between 1993 and 2005 and compiled digitally in 2008 by the American College of Dentists (see below), may be printed and/or copied for personal or non-profit educational use only subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. All other contemplated uses of Dental Ethics, to include copying and electronic duplication, require the express written permission of the American College of Dentists.
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Ethical Dilemmas. Ethical dilemmas published in the Texas Dental Journal between 1993 and 2005 were compiled digitally in 2008 by the American College of Dentists; the dilemmas are used with the permission of the Texas Dental Journal. These dilemmas are available in PDF file format by download from the Internet; the dilemmas were previously available on compact disc (CD). These digital ethical dilemmas are part of Dental Ethics. The terms and conditions that apply to Dental Ethics also apply to these ethical dilemmas. If you do not accept this Agreement, then you may not use the digital ethical dilemmas.
Courses Online Dental Ethics (CODE). CODE is a series of online courses and self-assessment activities in dental ethics and professionalism. The CODE program is part of Dental Ethics. The terms and conditions that apply to Dental Ethics also apply to CODE. If you do not accept this Agreement, then you may not use CODE.
Practice Ethics Assessment and Development (PEAD). PEAD is a comprehensive, voluntary, program for practicing dentists to self-assess the ethical climate and foundation of their practices through guided self-evaluation exercises and activities. The PEAD program is part of Dental Ethics. The terms and conditions that apply to Dental Ethics also apply to PEAD. If you do not accept this Agreement, then you may not use PEAD.
Ethics Articles from AGD Impact. Ethics articles published in AGD Impact between 2007 and 2016 are included in Dental Ethics by the American College of Dentists. The articles are used with the permission of AGD Impact and the Academy of General Dentistry. These ethics articles are available for download from Dental Ethics in PDF file format. The terms and conditions that apply to Dental Ethics also apply to these ethics articles. If you do not accept this Agreement, then you may not use the ethics articles.
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- provide legal advice;
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