The California Dental Practice Act is the
chapter of the California Business & Professions Code that
contains the basic body of laws governing Dentistry [Business
& Professions Code (B&P) 1600]. California law requires that
every dental professional must have a grasp of that basic
body of the law, together with the related portions of the
California Code of Regulations (CCR) and selected other California
statutes. This course has been designed to summarize the Dental
Practice Act and related laws through 2016. However, lawmakers
change and add to these laws regularly. Licentiates should
refer to the actual text of the law or consult a qualified
attorney in serious matters.
The Dental Board of California publishes
a compilation of the Dental Practice Act and related laws,
which can be purchased from the Board. The address for ordering
a copy of the Act follows the glossary.
Dental professionals, who are duly licensed or regulated by the Dental Board of California, have publicly entrusted legal and ethical responsibilities to the public treated in their dental offices. Dentists ultimately have the legal responsibility for non- malfeasance, or in other words, to first do no harm to any patient and to protect their safety, and to ensure dental staff is similarly informed. To this end, the regulations and guidelines of California Dental Practice Act, a chapter of the California Business & Professions Code, contains the basic body of laws which govern the practice of dentistry in the state of California. [Business & Professions Code ("B&P") 1600].
California law requires that every dental professional must have a grasp of that basic body of the law, together with the related portions of the California Code of Regulations ("CCR") and other applicable California statutes. The course is designed to summarize the Dental Practice Act and applicable related laws.
The Dental Board issues regular changes and updates, so it is necessary for licentiates to refer to the board website: Dental Board of California (www.dbc.ca.gov), and to stay aware between licensing periods of amendments and changes to laws affecting dental practice. Also, this course strives to explain the material in understandable terminology and offers practical tips to apply the law in their practice.
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