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Access to Care: Dentistry’s Social Contract is Not at Risk, It’s Broken

Every so often, we come across a thought provoking article that was fortunate enough to make it into a mainstream peer-reviewed journal.  That is the case with the Ethics essay by Moeller and Quinonez in the May 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (Dentistry’s social contract is at risk. Moeller, Jamie et al. The Journal of the American Dental Association, Volume 151, Issue 5, 334 – 339.)

In the article, the authors make that case that dentistry must make significant reforms in order to remain a profession. Even after a century of relative progress following the Gies Report (1926), dentistry is still a guild. Moeller and Quinonez educate dentists about the existence of the La Cascada Declaration shining a light on its purpose.

The American Teledentistry Association strongly supports the La Cascada Declaration (2017) which discussed World oral health inequity and made clear cut recommendations how to re-adjust dentistry’s modus operandi in order to increase access to dental care and create a more socially just dental healthcare system. 

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