Is dentistry a profession? Part 3. Future challenges

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In 2 earlier articles a definition of professionalism was developed, and several specific professional responsibilities were deduced. This third and final article in the series examines whether dentistry qualifies as a profession. On various levels, the professionalism of dentistry is found wanting. However, attaining the status of a profession is a work in progress, which means that each profession will always have some deficiencies. The author concludes that dentistry qualifies as a profession but that it is also exhibiting a trend toward once again becoming a business (as it was before the 19th century). For the sake of honesty with the public, dentistry must make a choice between these 2 models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Canadian Dental Association
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical Competence
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Dentistry/standards
  • Ethics, Dental
  • Humans
  • Marketing of Health Services
  • Professional Role
  • Social Responsibility

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