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Ethics in Dentistry: Part II - Codes of Ethics


Phyllis Beemsterboer, RDH, MS, EdD, FACD

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


This course will explore a code of ethics as one of the essential characteristics of a true professional. Dentistry is granted privileges when providing care to the public and in return the profession should adhere to high ethical standards...

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This course will explore a code of ethics as one of the essential characteristics of a true professional. Dentistry is granted privileges when providing care to the public and in return the profession should adhere to high ethical standards of conduct. This course is a guideline for the attainment of goals and aspirations of the profession as a tool for awareness, reflection and self-regulation. The role of codes and their effectiveness will be explored in the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.

Please note this is Part II of a three-part series. To gain the full benefit of the concepts covered in this course, be sure to read Ethics in Dentistry: Part I - Principles and Values and Part III - Ethical Decision-making.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students

  • Date Course Online:

    May 1, 2017

  • Last Revision Date:

    Jun 9, 2020

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Jun 8, 2023

  • Cost:


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  • AGD Subject Code(s):


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • List and define the purpose of a code of ethics.
  • Describe the development of codes of ethics in health care.
  • Compare and contrast the codes of ethics of dentistry and dental hygiene.
  • Discuss the role of codes as a contract with society.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Please Note:

  • Iowa Dental Professionals: This course does not comply with the Iowa Dental Board for recertification in the area of Iowa jurisprudence, as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Note: Registration is required to take test.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Phyllis Beemsterboer

Phyllis Beemsterboer


Dr. Phyllis L. Beemsterboer is Professor Emeritus in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is an associa...

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8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027

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Procter & Gamble is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHPGC (January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit.