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Dr. Hawkins is a member of the ADA. That means she has signed the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it? Don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you.

The American Dental Association (ADA) represents more than 159,000 dentists in the United States. Its main purposes are to educate dentists and their patients and to regulate dentistry around the country.

The ADA Principles of Ethics covers four basic ethical principles that ADA dentists follow:

-Listen to the patient’s needs and desires.
-Do no harm.
-Treat all people with equality and humanity.

The second part of the contract is the ADA Code of Professional Conduct, which outlines a moral code for each dental practice. Here are the fundamentals:

-Keep confidential patient records
-Provide only those services for which there is the education, training and license
-Treat all people fairly, regardless of race, creed, sex or country of origin
-Treat patients promptly during dental emergencies
-Refer patients to dental specialists when needed
-Avoid alcohol and controlled substances on the job
-Take measures to guard against infection and disease in the office
-Uphold professional relationships with coworkers and patients
-Report any symptoms of abuse or neglect
-Charge patients reasonably for services and be open about any necessary fees

What does this mean for you, exactly? It means you can trust Dr. Hawkins and our caring staff at Pax Dental in Lexington Park, Maryland, to offer you respectable, high-quality dental care. If you’d like to book an appointment, just ring us at 301-863-8822 and we’ll help you find the best time for you. From our family to yours, we’re here to make you smile.