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The Issues

 Dental students are entrusted privileges and rights when providing care for patients. Proper stewardship is vital to maintaining these rights. 

ASDA Policy

The ASDA House of Delegates has passed several resolutions focused on ethics, including updating the Code of Ethics, most recently in 2010.

What Has ASDA Done

In 2009, ASDA published a White Paper on Ethics and Professionalism in Dental Education. It provides an overview of the state of ethics in dental education. The paper was reviewed in 2012 and continues to be a valuable resource offering solutions. The white paper has been shared with the ADA, state and specialty societies, student dental groups and dental school deans.

In August 2013, ASDA expressed support for the AADB’s guidelines on standards of conduct and ethics for state boards and board members.

Read what ASDA members are writing about ethics:

  • “A culture of permission: Is cheating the new norm?” March 2015, ASDA News
  • "The ethics of teledentistry" Jan. 6, 2014, Mothing Off
  • "Nonprescription Adderall use in dental school" November 2013, ASDA News
  • "Ethics & dental coupons" Spring 2013, Mouth
  • "The ethical case for avoiding overtreatment in your dental practice" February 2013, ASDA News
  • "Reinforcing professionalism and ethics in dental school with SPEA" December 2012, ASDA News
  • "How can dentistry help prevent prescription drug abuse?" November 2012, ASDA News
  • "Is footing the bill to complete your requirements ethical?" May 2012, ASDA News
  • "Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry,” April 2012, ASDA News


  • Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry (SPEA)

Ethical Dental Outreach

Providing dental care to underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad is a key element in addressing barriers to care. Dental students have many opportunities to participate in programs that are aligned with ASDA’s policy regarding dental outreach.

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