Serving individual patients and the public is a primary focus of care redefined. Thus, recognizing fundamental patients’ rights – both individually and collectively – is one of the core values and commitments of the dental profession. Upholding these basic rights is a vital component to the provision of quality and ethical oral health care.
The basic rights of dental patients include:
Receive oral health care in a healthy and safe environment, and with compassion and respect for their rights and dignity;
Access to competent, high-quality, fair and ethical oral health information and care;
Protection of their personal privacy;
Necessary concern for their needs, best interests, reasonable preferences, and complaints
Such basic patients’ rights must be balanced by their responsibilities to help safe, quality, efficient and ethical oral care to be Provided for all members of society, and to acknowledge their responsibility forsafeguarding their own oral health. These Responsibilities arise their general ethical obligations and public responsibilities and include their obligation.