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Etymology: L, dens, tooth; Gk, ethos, ethics
a system of moral principles governing the professional conduct of dentists and dental practices ascribed by the American Dental Association Council on Ethics, state dental associations, and local dental societies.
A system of principles governing dental practice; a moral obligation to render the best possible quality of dental service to the patient and to maintain an honest relationship with other members of the profession and society at large.
See also: ethics
den·tal eth·ics(deńtăl ethiks)
Ethical principles that relate to the dental profession (e.g., beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy).