Diagnostic tests, dentists’ right to prescribe and perform

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General Dentists’ Rights, Responsibilities, and Practice Protocols

Diagnostic tests, dentists’ right to prescribe and perform


“Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recognizes that dentists have the right to prescribe and perform any diagnostic tests deemed necessary providing that:

1. The test is required for the oral diagnosis of or treatment planning for the patient, or the management of a percutaneous injury in a clinical setting.

2. The patient has given informed consent.
3. The test is accompanied, where appropriate, by adequate pre- and post-counseling.
4. There is provision for appropriate referral to a physician responsible for the comprehensive medical care of the patient.”

Diagnosis and supervision needed for dental treatment


“Resolved, that dental treatment, including the placement of dental sealants and fluoride varnishes, is most effectively and successfully accomplished following a proper diagnosis by, and under the supervision of a licensed dentist in compliance with the regulations of the state or province, and in a dental office setting that ensures optimal treatment outcomes.”

Environmental “best management” practices


“Resolved, that the AGD urge dentists to employ environmental ‘best management’ practices as supported and/or promoted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and in Canada by the Canadian Dental Association, and be it further

Resolved, that AGD constituents be encouraged to work with their counterpart dental societies to adopt and promote environmental best management practices.”

Philosophy to be developed on what a GP can perform


“Resolved, that the Procedural Guidelines Committee be directed to adopt a philosophy and approach which would place no limitations  direct or indirect  on what a general practitioner of dentistry could perform and which would preserve and protect the right of AGD members to execute all services he may rightfully perform.”

Role of a ‘primary dental care provider’


“Resolved, that the AGD define ‘primary dental care provider’ as ‘the general dentist who accepts the professional responsibility for the treatment of the patient and/or the management and coordination of services to meet the patient’s oral health needs, consistent with the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct,’ and be it further

Resolved, that the AGD wait until 1983 before initiating any attempt to have the ADA's House of Delegates alter its definition of ‘primary dental care provider’, and be it further

Resolved, that the Executive Committee be charged with presenting a position paper in support of this concept to the 1983 AGD House of Delegates.”

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