Dental Health India
In order that the dignity and honour of the dental profession may be upheld, its standards exalted, its sphere of usefulness extended and the advancement of dental science promoted and that the members of the Indian Dental Association may understand more clearly their duties and obligation to the dental profession, to their patients, and to the community at large, the following Code of Ethics is prescribed.
Section 1 :
It is the duty of every dentist, and it shall be incumbent upon every member of this Association to govern his department in accordance with underlying principles which have motivated the formulation of the code. It is not assumed that the following articles cover the whole field of dental ethics, the dentist is charged with many duties and obligation in addition to those set forth herein. Briefly the ‘Golden rule’ should be conscientiously applied by every member of the dental profession.
Section 2 :
It is unprofessional for a dentist to advertise by handbills, posters, circulars, cards and signs, or in newspaper or in publications, calling attention to special methods of practice or claiming excellence over other practitioners, or to use display advertisements of any kind. It is also unprofessional to publish reports of cases or certificates in the public prints. This does not exclude a practitioners, either from using professional cards of the suitable size with name, titles, address and telephone number printed in modest type of having the same character of card in a news paper at the time of commencement of practice or change of address for not more than three insertion at a time. Neither does it prevent a practitioners who confines himself to a speciality from merely announcing his/her specially on his/her professional card.
Section 3 :
It is unprofessional for dentists to pay or accept commission on fees for professional services, or for radiographs, or on prescription or other articles suppled to patients by pharmacists or others.
Section 4 :
One dentist should not disparage the services of another to a patient. Criticism of operation, which is apparently defective, may be unjust through lack of knowledge of the condition under which they were performed. But the welfare of the patient is paramount to every other consideration, and should be conserved to the utmost of the practitioners ability. If he finds indisputable evidence that a patient is suffering from previous faulty treatment, it is his duty to institute correct treatment at once, doing it with as little comment as possible and in such a manner as to avoid reflection on his predecessor.
Section 5 :
If a dentist is consulted in an emergency by the patient of another practitioner who is temporarily absent from his office, or by a patient who is away from home, the duty of the dentist so consulted is to relieve the patient of any immediate disability by temporary service only, and then refer the patient back to the regular dentist.
Section 6 :
When a dentist is called in consultation by a fellow practitioner, he should hold the discussion in the consultation as confidential, and under no circumstances should he accept charge of the case without the request of the dentist who has been attending it.
Section 7 :
It is unethical for dentist to connive at or aid in illegal practice by others. It is their duty to expose such persons without fear or favour, Dentists shall call to the attention of the committee of Ethics of Indian Dental Association illegal, corrupt or dishonest conduct on the part of any member of the dental profession.
Section 8 :
The dentist should be morally and physically clean. He should be honest in all his dealings with his fellow men, as befitting the honour and dignity of a cultured and professional gentleman.