Why the Dental Board Code of Conduct is so Important
Providers of dental services in Perth are required to adhere to a code of conduct as mandated by the dental code of Australia. Whether your dentist is providing root canal treatment, tooth extraction or just a routine checkup, it is important that your dentist adheres to the Code of Conduct. When you visit a dentist in Perth, here is what you should expect.
The most important concept and one we take seriously is the obligation to provide what is called “good care” by the Code of Conduct. This starts during your first appointment, when your medical history is fully reviewed, taking all factors into consideration. A physical examination is conducted to assess your current degree of oral health and what services you may need.
It is essential that your dentist provides a plan for your care, incorporating other caregivers if necessary. It is important that a dentist only provides services that they are qualified and able to give in a competent manner. It is also important that you are part of the decision-making process.
Guidelines for Good Care
Your dentist must always work within his or her scope of practice. This can change over time due to the acquisition of new skills or the obsolescence of old ones. Your dentist must keep up on all skills that are necessary for competence regarding any dental services provided. If your dentist offers a new service, they must be properly trained to provide that service.
It is also important to provide patient-centred care. This means that you are in on the decision-making process and provided a program in which you can become more responsible for your state of health. Then, it is our job to support you in keeping with your program.
Most important: always considering the balance between benefit and harm when providing any dental care technique. All decisions made should ultimately benefit the patient to the fullest of the dentist’s ability.
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