The Obligations Of A Dentist

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Describe the obligations of a dentist, as a professional, beyond the dentist/patient relationship. Consider social, political and environmental issues in your assignment.
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A world centrally founded upon technology has changed the public perception of healthcare professionals, prompting discourse over what professionalism entails by modern standards (Tallis, 2006). With medical information being available to anyone with a computer, the actions of dentists are being scrutinised now more than ever, spurred on by media maligning of occasional rogue dental malpractice (Trathen & Gallagher, 2009). It is of common notion that a dentist’s responsibilities extend further than a mere contract of employment (Tallis, 2006), as “professional competence is the habitual and judicious use of communication, knowledge, technical skills, clinical reasoning, emotions, values, and reflection in daily practice for the benefit of the individual and community being served” (Lynne, 2007). It is ironic then that, a market-driven society has in society’s eyes, caused a conflict of interest between a dentist’s obligations and their shareholder mindset; it extends deeper into other aspects of professionalism, affecting quality infection control and policy advocacy.

There are organisations such as the DBA and ADA that have ethical guidelines in order to provide good care for patients, including financial matters (Australian Dental Association, 2012). Whilst there are laws that define…

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