In this Dentistry and the Law column, a dentist seeks guidance on handling a situation where racial differences between a child and an accompanying adult raised concerns during an examination, leading the dentist to request proof of adoption. The response clarifies that asking for proof of adoption is not illegal, citing relevant Michigan adoption statutes. The column advises adopting an office policy, emphasizing human trafficking training. Additionally, a dentist inquires about retaining orthodontic models and X-ray films. The answer recommends assuming orthodontic models are part of dental records, subject to a 10-year retention period. Patients can be given their models, and X-ray films should also be maintained for 10 years.
Schulte, Daniel JD
"Dentistry and the Law: Requiring Proof of Adoption/Retaining Orthodontic Models,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 105:
12, Article 3.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol105/iss12/3
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