Dental Practice

  • 6.10 Oral Cancer Screening

    Patients should undergo oral cancer examinations by their dentists at least once a year as well being encouraged to stop smoking and limit their intake of alcohol. 

  • 6.11 Dental Amalgam Waste Management

    Dental staff must be trained to minimise amalgam waste and any associated mercury discharge, and ensure that waste is disposed of properly, preferably through recycling where possible. 

  • 6.12 Custom-made Dental Prostheses and Appliances

    Dentists and dental prosthetists must be aware that all materials used in custom-made dental prostheses and appliances should comply with Therapeutics Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002 and its amendments (TGR 2002).

  • 6.13 Partnering for Better Health - Dentists and Patients

    The primary responsibility of dentists is the health, welfare and safety of their patients. Dentists and patients should work together, respectful of each others’ rights and responsibilities to achieve the best possible health outcomes.

  • 6.14 Radiation Safety

    Dentists and allied dental personnel must take all practical measures to minimise the risks of radiation exposure during dental radiography. 

  • 6.15 Dental Informatics and Digital Health

    The prevalence of electronic patient records means that dental practitioners must act to safeguard the privacy of their records and their patients’ information as well ensure they’re securely communicated. 

  • 6.16 Forensic Dentistry

    Dentists must keep legible and comprehensive dental records, and release them in their original form as requested by forensic authorities or law enforcement agencies in a timely manner. 

  • 6.17 Conscious Sedation in Dentistry

    The Dental Board (DBA) should adopt ADA Recommended Guidelines for Conscious Sedation in Dentistry. Only dentists endorsed by the DBA should practise conscious sedation in compliance with the DBA’s registration standard and guidelines. 

  • 6.18 Safety of Dental Amalgam

    Dental amalgam should remain in use and not necessarily be replaced with other materials but its use should be limited with children, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with kidney disease. 

  • 6.19 Minimal Intervention Dentistry

    Dentists should practise Minimal Intervention Dentistry, which promotes a comprehensive approach to dental treatment including a preference for preventive measures over surgical ones where possible.