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The dental hygiene ethics foundation originates from our fundamental principles. The Code of Ethics of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association defi nes the fundamental principles of our profession as follows.
The principle of universality assumes if one individual judges an action to be right or wrong in a given situation, other people considering the same action in the same situation would make the same judgment.
The principle of complementarity assumes the existence of an obligation to justice and basic human rights. It requires us to act toward others in the same way they would act toward us if roles were reversed. In all relationships, it means considering the values and perspectives of others before making decisions or taking actions affecting them.
Ethics are the general standards of right and wrong that guide behavior within society. As generally accepted actions, they can be judged by determining the extent to which they promote good and minimize harm. Ethics compel us to engage in health promotion/disease prevention activities.
This principle expresses value for the bond between individuals, the community, and society in general. It leads us to preserve natural resources and inspires us to show concern for the global environment.