Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation.

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  • Additional Information
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      cosmetic
      dentistry
      ethics
      professionalism
      sociology
    • NAICS/Industry Codes:
      541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
      339114 Dental Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
      339116 Dental Laboratories
      621210 Offices of Dentists
    • Abstract:
      Cosmetic dentistry is a divisive discipline. Within discourses that raise questions of the purpose of the dental profession, cosmetic dentistry is frequently criticised on the basis of it being classified as a non‐therapeutic intervention. This article re‐evaluates this assertion through examination of ethics of care of the self, healthcare definitions and the social purpose of dentistry, finding the traditional position to be wanting in its conclusions. The slide of dentistry from a healthcare vocation towards being a predominantly business‐focused interaction between clinician and consumer conflicts with traditional notions of dentistry as a profession. Whilst it is undeniable that cosmetic dental treatment particularly lends itself to the commercial paradigm, this is not exclusive to this area of professional practice. The cultural basis of dental appearance and the potential of the dental profession to exert coercive pressure upon the public to undergo treatment that is based upon social norms is discussed. This essay concludes that cosmetic dentistry is undeniably part of the professional purpose of 21st Century dentistry. However, the caveat that may be placed upon this, is that this status is conditional upon the professional conduct of dental practitioners remaining resilient to commercial practices not compatible with professional obligations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1The University of Sydney School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Westmead New South Wales, Australia
    • ISSN:
      0269-9702
    • Accession Number:
      10.1111/bioe.12498
    • Accession Number:
      133094314
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HOLDEN, A. C. L. Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation. Bioethics, [s. l.], v. 32, n. 9, p. 602–610, 2018. DOI 10.1111/bioe.12498. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=133094314&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 5 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Holden ACL. Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation. Bioethics. 2018;32(9):602-610. doi:10.1111/bioe.12498.
    • APA:
      Holden, A. C. L. (2018). Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation. Bioethics, 32(9), 602–610. https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12498
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Holden, Alexander C. L. 2018. “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Socioethical Evaluation.” Bioethics 32 (9): 602–10. doi:10.1111/bioe.12498.
    • Harvard:
      Holden, A. C. L. (2018) ‘Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation’, Bioethics, 32(9), pp. 602–610. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12498.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Holden, ACL 2018, ‘Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation’, Bioethics, vol. 32, no. 9, pp. 602–610, viewed 5 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Holden, Alexander C. L. “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Socioethical Evaluation.” Bioethics, vol. 32, no. 9, Nov. 2018, pp. 602–610. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/bioe.12498.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Holden, Alexander C. L. “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Socioethical Evaluation.” Bioethics 32, no. 9 (November 2018): 602–10. doi:10.1111/bioe.12498.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Holden ACL. Cosmetic dentistry: A socioethical evaluation. Bioethics [Internet]. 2018 Nov [cited 2019 Dec 5];32(9):602–10. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=133094314&custid=s8280428