In virtually every part of the world, being a dentist has meant something special. People come to dentists for help with some of their most pressing needs relief from pain and suffering and restoration of oral health and well-being.
Compassion, competence and autonomy are not exclusive to dentistry. However, the practice of dentistry requires dentists to exemplify these values to a higher degree than in other occupations, including some other professions.
However because the commercial aspect of dentistry sometimes seems to prevail over the professional aspect, the status of dentists is deteriorating in some countries.
After working through this module you should be able to explain why ethics is important to dentistry, identify the major sources of dental ethics and recognize different approaches to ethical decision-making, including your own.