Code of conduct for Australian Dentists


The shared Code of conduct

The shared Code of conduct (the code) applies to registered health practitioners in 12 professions including dentistry. The code sets out National Boards’ expectations of ethical and professional conduct for the health practitioners they regulate. It is governed by AHPRA.
The code outlines 11 principles which include information about how to apply the code in practice.

Fluoride Modalities in Caries Prevention

Use of fluoride for caries prevention 

Fluoride has been widely used for caries prevention for several decades, and it is considered to be one of the most effective measures in reducing the incidence of dental caries. There are different ways to apply fluoride for caries prevention, including:

  1. Topical fluoride: This involves applying fluoride directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam, varnish, or mouth rinse. Topical fluoride works by strengthening the tooth enamel and making it more resistant to acid attacks. 
  1. Systemic fluoride: This involves ingesting fluoride in the form of fluoridated water, dietary supplements, or fluoride-containing toothpaste. Systemic fluoride works by strengthening the teeth from the inside out as the fluoride is incorporated into the developing tooth structure. 

Fluoride helps to prevent caries by: 

Teeth Whitening


Tooth whitening is done to correct the discoloration of a tooth. When we talk about discoloration of a tooth, we mean to say that the colour of a tooth has become from its normal white colour to light, light brown to dark brown or from light Gray to dark Gray or to complete black. The discoloration may be of one tooth, or all the teeth.

Fluoride as Anti-Caries

Clinical context

Water fluoridation is a safe, effective and ethical way to help reduce tooth decay across the population and has long standing support of peak public health and dental authorities.

Water fluoridation

Water fluoridation is a proven method for reducing the prevalence of tooth decay in communities.

Surveys of tooth decay and dental fluorosis must be undertaken regularly, taking into account all fluoride sources and patterns of consumption in a community, in order to confirm the most appropriate water fluoridation concentration for that community or region.