Promote oral health and disease prevention Create treatment plans to maintain or restore your patients' oral health. Compare job obligations, education, job growth, and salary for dentists with similar occupations. This table shows a list of occupations with work tasks similar to those of dentists. The What They Do tab describes the typical tasks and responsibilities of workers in the occupation, including the tools and equipment they use and how accurately they are monitored.
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A dentist or dental surgeon is responsible for performing oral surgery and routine cleanings for patients. Dentists must also recognize and comply with situations where professional responsibilities must prevail over their professional rights. As with their responsibilities, the interpretation of dentists' professional rights may vary from country to country. The constant change affecting both the dental profession and the public requires a regular evaluation of the professional rights and responsibilities of dentists to meet these challenges in the future.
This statement is not intended to cover the legal responsibilities of dentists, but rather will focus on their ethical responsibilities. There are strong links between the responsibilities and rights of dentists, including the right to professional autonomy, self-regulation and clinical freedom. Dentists have broad responsibilities that are not limited to their legal obligations, but also include ethical obligations stemming from their commitments to patients, society and professional ideals. These professional rights exist not only for the benefit of dentists, but they also allow dentists to provide quality and ethical oral health care to all members of the community, and to meet their professional responsibilities and commitments.