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As a professional dental assistant, I will promote the advancement of the careers of dental assistants and the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.
ADAA CREED FOR DENTAL ASSISTANTS
To be loyal to my employer, my calling and myself.
To develop initiative – having the courage to assume responsibility and the imagination to create ideas and develop them.
To be prepared to visualize, take advantage of, and fulfill the opportunities of my calling.
To be a co-worker – creating a spirit of cooperation and friendliness rather than one of fault-finding and criticism.
To be enthusiastic – for therein lies the easiest way to accomplishment.
To be generous, not alone of my name but of my praise and my time.
To be tolerant with my associates, for at times I too make mistakes.
To be friendly, realizing that friendship bestows and receives happiness.
To be respectful of the other person’s viewpoint and condition.
To be systematic, believing that system makes for efficiency.
To know the value of time for both my employer and myself.
To safeguard my health, for good health is necessary for the achievement of a successful career.
To be tactful – always doing the right thing at the right time.
To be courteous – for this is the badge of good breeding.
To walk on the sunny side of the street, seeing the beautiful things in life rather than fearing the shadows.
To keep smiling always.
- Juliette A. Southard, Founder ADAA
I solemnly pledge that, in the practice of my profession, I will always be loyal to the welfare of the patients who come under my care, and to the interest of the practitioner whom I serve.
I will be just and generous to the members of my profession, aiding them and lending them encouragement to be loyal, to be just, and to be studious.
I hereby pledge to devote my best energies to the service of humanity in that relationship of Life to which I consecrated myself when I elected to become a Dental Assistant.
Dr. C. N. Johnson
As an organization charged with representing a part of the profession involved in the practice of dentistry, the American Dental Assistants Association has delineated the Principles of Ethics and the Code of Professional Conduct for members, officers and trustees. The Principles of Ethics are general goals to
which each member should aspire and are not intended to be enforceable as rules of conduct for dental assistants. The Code of Professional Conduct is intended for use as a guide for the evaluation of elected officials and members.
Each individual involved in the practice of dentistry assumes the obligation of maintaining and enriching the profession. Each member may choose to meet this obligation according to the dictates of personal conscience based on the needs of the human beings the profession of dentistry is committed to serve.
The spirit of the Golden Rule is the basic guiding principle of this concept. The member must strive to at all times maintain confidentiality, and exhibit respect for the dentist/employer. The member shall refrain from performing any professional service which is prohibited by state law and has the obligation to prove competence prior to providing services to any patient. The member shall constantly strive to upgrade and expand technical skills for the benefit of the employer and the consumer public. The member should additionally seek to sustain and improve the Local Organization, State Association, and the American Dental Assistants Association by active participation and personal commitment.
As a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, I pledge to: