American Dental Hygiene Association Code of Ethics

Individual Autonomy and Respect for Human Beings
People have the right to be treated with respect. They have the right to informed consent before treatment, and they have the right to full disclosure of all relevant information so that they can make informed choices about their care.

We respect the confidentiality of client information and relationships to demonstrate the value we place on individual autonomy. We acknowledge our obligation to justify any violation of confidence.

Societal Trust
We value client trust and understand that public trust in our profession is based on our actions and behavior.

We accept our fundamental obligation to provide services in a manner that protects all clients and minimizes harm to them and others involved in their treatment.

We have a primary role in promoting the well-being of individuals and the public by engaging in health promotion/disease prevention activities.

Justice and Fairness
We value justice and support the fair and equitable distribution of health care resources. We believe all people should have access to high-quality, affordable oral healthcare.

We accept our obligation, to tell the truth, and expect others to do the same. We value self-knowledge and seek truth and honesty in all relationships.