Ethics and Law in Dental Hygiene


  • Phyllis Beemsterboer, RDH, MS, EdD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Learn how to make sound ethical and legal decisions in practice with ETHICS AND LAW IN DENTAL HYGIENE, Second Edition. This book is written in the context of "real-world" situations that you will encounter on a regular basis in dental hygiene practice. The book is divided into three sections: ethics, law, and simulations and applications. The latter section contains 25 case studies with accompanying discussion and thought questions, along with testlets that mirror the style of the newly revised National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) and suggested activities. Appendixes include the recently revised American Dental Association (ADA) and American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) respective codes of ethics, making this the most up-to-date ethics book for dental hygiene currently on the market. With this expert guidance, you’ll be prepared to take the NBDHE and address ethical dilemmas in everyday practice.
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Book information

  • Published: March 2009
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3629-4

Table of Contents

Section I–Ethics

Chapter 1: Ethics and Professionalism

Chapter 2: Ethical Theory and Philosophy

Chapter 3: Ethical Principles and Values

Chapter 4: Social Responsibility and Justice

Chapter 5: Codes of Ethics

Appendix 5-1: American Dental Hygienists’ Association Code of Ethics for Dental

Chapter 6: Ethical Decision Making in Dental Hygiene and Dentistry

Section II–Law

Chapter 7: Society and the State Dental Practice Act

Chapter 8: Dental Hygienist–Patient Relationship

Chapter 9: Dental Hygienist–Dentist-Employer Relationship

Chapter 10: Risk Management

Section III–Simulations and Applications
Case Studies, Testlets, and Activities

Appendix A: American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct

Bibliography and Suggested Readings