The word “ethics” is derived from the Greek word “ethos,” meaning habit, custom, or character.1 It operates from a mindset based on moral principles and virtues of individuals with actions in alignment with these principles.2 Dental ethics revolves around the extent to which actions within the dental practice promote good and reduce harm.3 Harvard University business professor Bill George raises the question, “Which way is true north?” In this analogy, George says that true north is the “fixed point in a spinning wheel, which orients behavior to stay on track.” Beliefs, values, and principles are the compass that directs decisions toward true north, and utilizing mindful judgment ensures alignment.4 Within the dental profession, ethical standards result in moral virtues that enable fair, equitable, and good decisions. This course provides information to help direct dental personnel toward ethical actions and decisions. It also provides documentation on how the public views dentistry as it relates to ethics and honesty.
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