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Ethics

Dr. Thomas J. DeMayo
Prium Non Nocere (“above all, do no harm”) is the principle precept of Medical Ethics and is also found within the ADA’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct under “Nonmaleficence”. The Principle of Nonmaleficence in brief states that the dentist has the obligation to provide the patient with proper diagnosis and treatment and to refer when necessary.
Dr. Daniel Grabeel
What does ethics mean to you? Or, what does dental ethics mean to 
you? Webster defines “ethics” as a discipline dealing with what is good and 
bad with moral duty and obligation; a set of moral principles.  Do we have these anymore? Do we need these in this period of dentistry? Who sets these and in what way do we enforce these? I do not claim to have the answers and I do not believe anyone else does either. I would 
like to explore some thoughts with you on these subjects.
Dr. Sarah Friend
Many of you will not disagree with me: dentistry is an up-close and personal profession.  But what happens when interactions between dental professionals and patients get a little too personal?  Perhaps you’ve had a patient ask you out on a date.  Maybe you’ve asked a patient to a romantic outing.  The purpose of this article is to provide you with some guidance on what behavior is considered to be acceptable and ethical when choosing to date a patient. The ADA Principles of Ethics and Professional Conduct states the following:
By: Dr. Ethan Puryear
In 2008 the ADA created an ethics video contest for dental students.  Videos entered in the contest must show an ethical dilemma that highlights one or more of the ADA code of ethics principles.  All entries must be original works with no copyrighted video or music included.  Winners are announced and displayed at the ADA Annual Session.  Students from VCU’s class of 2014 have submitted an entry for each of the last two years. 
By: Dr. Thomas J. DeMayo
Dr. Tonya A. Parris-Wilkins and Joseph D. Wilkins, DPT, MSHA
At least once every year, the news media reports on an infection control case that is a perfect storm infused with one of the following elements: a provider willfully unfamiliar with infection control, a systemic sterilization failure absent of checks and balances, and/or a staff whose complacency supersedes morality. While the above statement may sound harsh, imagine the devastation experienced by patients when they are informed that the provider, practice or hospital system that they trusted may have exposed them to a potentially deadly disease.
By: Dr. John “Jay” Owen, IV
Tooth #30 (MO) has been prepped to receive a composite restoration, checked off and deemed restorable.  Composite is layered into the mesial box at the perfect angle and cured to allow optimal integration between the tooth and the bonding agent, as well as to ensure perfect depth of cure and minimize leakage associated with the restoration.  The pulpal floor on the occlusal aspect is filled, the marginal ridge given ideal anatomy, and care is taken to place a distinct central groove and accessory anatomy allowing perfect food deflection during mastication
By: Dr. Dan Grabeel
Are things a little slow in your practice?  I hear this a lot: dentists saying their patient load is not what it was.  I also notice more dental advertising.  I feel we have been in decline since 2008, feel we have finally reached a plateau, and hopefully will increase.     What is our answer?  More advertising? Maybe, but please stay within the Virginia guidelines. 
By: Karen S. McAndrew, DMD, MS
Ethics in dentistry upholds our profession on a level above the legal rules and regulations that define dental practice.  How do we define ethics in dentistry?  In an effort to establish guidelines for ethical behavior in dental practice, the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs has established Principles of Ethics and a Code of Professional Conduct.
By: Dr. William Bennett
Professional conduct is a major area of discussion and concern nationally as well as here in Virginia. The subject contains numerous variables for consideration. As members of the American Dental Association we have pledged to uphold the ADA’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.  It is essential to note what might be viewed as legally acceptable may not be ethical behavior. Proper ethical behavior is on an elevated level of putting patient welfare first.