Preservation Dental® Principles
  1. Tooth structure cannot be replenished and does not benefit from wound healing or regeneration.
  2. While dentists are licensed to remove tooth structure from their patients, they are professionally and ethically bound to preserve tooth structure in the process of maintaining, preserving, restoring and improving oral health.
  3. The consummate professional avoids fads and trends, selecting new technology and techniques only when they are applicable to the needs of the individual patient.
  4. Technological advances are embraced with caution and are evaluated objectively against the principles of dentistry until they are proven with research or true paradigm shifts occur in the basis of theory.
  5. The health and needs of the patient take priority over the wants of the patient.
  6. Methods and materials should be evaluated for their clinical validity in preserving patients’ oral health and structures, and should not be selected on the basis of convenience or for the economic gain of the practitioner, insurance provider, manufacturer or supplier.
  7. Healthy teeth and gums possess a natural beauty that can be damaged by the misuse and/or over-use of techniques promoted for cosmetic reasons.
  8. Teeth, and their supporting structures, can last a lifetime if the bacteria that cause dental disease can be prevented and/or controlled.
  9. Patients are a critical part of the dental team and must be involved in their oral hygiene in order to help prevent disease and preserve oral health.
  10. The dental professional plays an important role within the community and has a civic responsibility to help promote, educate and motivate the public to value and preserve their oral health.
  11. The dental professional has a moral responsibility to elevate the quality of dentistry available to the public.
  12. The dental professional has a responsibility to edify the connection between oral health and systemic health.