According to the California Dental Associations, we have rights as patients. They have put together what is called the Dental Patient’s Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights states,
You have a right to schedule an appointment with your dentist in a timely manner.
You have a right to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment.
You have a right to know in advance the type and expected cost of treatment.
You have a right to expect dental team members to use appropriate infection and sterilization controls.
You have a right to ask about treatment alternatives and be told, in language you can understand, the advantages and disadvantages of each.
You have a right to ask your dentist to explain all the treatment options regardless of coverage or cost.
You have a right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental team.
You have a right to know the professional rules, laws and ethics that apply to your dentist and the dental team.
You have a right to choose your own dentist.
In 2005, the California legislature passed AB 1433, which is a kindergarten dental check up requirement. The California Department of Education has allocated funding to support the implementation of this law. With the assistance of the California Dental Association, free access to kindergarten has been offered to ensure that children with dental needs are provided with the basic care. Cause studies have established that children with pain are unable to concentrate and learn in school.
The legislation requires that children have a dental check up by May 31 of their first year in public school at kindergarten or first grade. Those who have had dental exams within 12 months of the school entry date are considered in compliance with the law. The ultimate goal of the program is to establish regular dental care for every child. The program will also identify which children need further examination and figure out what obstacles preventing them for further care.
The California Dental Association is the largest dental association in the United States with nearly 25,000 members representing about seventy two percent of the dentists practicing in the state of California. It was founded in 1870.
The Association’s goal is to represent dentist serving the State of California. They ask their members to be responsible to society and to fellow members of their profession and to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical matter. If you have problems with your dentist, the California Dental Association provide a vehicle to voice your concerns.