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Dental Education

Dental Education

Caries Prevention and Coronal Polishing for the Dental Assistants in the Community

Caries Prevention and Coronal Polishing for the Dental Assistants in the Community

Course Description

The Indiana State Board of Dentistry recently added coronal polishing and fluoride administration as a permitted function of a trained Dental Assistant.  This course will provide the required didactic and laboratory requirements for certification.  It will include 14 hours of didactic and 4 hours of laboratory instruction.  Dental assistants will be required to be present on site for the entire 18 hours of instruction.

*Participants will act as live patients.  A complete medical history will be mandatory*

Location

The entire course will be conducted in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Rooms 1015 (clinic) and 2070 (classroom), 3400 Broadway Street, Gary, IN 46408.

*A parking pass is not necessary (park in student lot on 33rd Avenue).*

Caries Prevention (Fluoride Administration)

Indiana Dental Law 828 IAC 6-1-1 Caries Prevention states: 

Sec. 1.       (a) A dental assistant who has been employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one (1) year or has graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and who has completed the requirements in subsection (b) may apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

                 (b) A dental assistant may not apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries until satisfactory completion of an educational program or curriculum accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or approved by the board in the following order that includes, at a minimum:

                 (1) Nine (9) hours of didactic instruction covering the following subject areas:

                   (A) Ethics and jurisprudence.

                   (B) Reasons for fluoride.

                   (C) Systemic fluoride.

                   (D) Topical fluoride.

                   (E) Toxicity of fluoride.

                   (F) Fluoride application.

                   (G) Infection control.

                 (2) Two (2) hours of laboratory work, including a mannequin and two (2) live patients, in topical fluoride applications.

                 (3) Clinical competency demonstrated on a minimum of five patients under the direct observation of an Indiana dentist or dental hygienists whose license is in good standing and an affidavit certifying the competency signed by the supervising dentist and a copy given to the employee .

Coronal Polishing

Indiana Dental Law 828 IAC 6-1-2 Coronal Polishing states: 

Sec. 2        (a) A dental assistant who has been employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one (1) year or had graduated from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and who has completed the requirements in subsection (b) may polish the coronal surface of teeth under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

                 (b) A dental assistant may not polish the coronal surface of teeth until satisfactory completion of an educational program or                           curriculum accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or approved by the board in the following order that includes, at a minimum:

                 (1) Five (5) hours of didactic instruction covering the following subject areas:

                   (A) Ethics and jurisprudence.

                   (B) Plaque and material alba.

                   (C) Intrinsic and extrinsic stain.

                   (D) Abrasive agents.

                   (E) Use of a slow speed hand piece, prophy cup, and occlusal polishing brush.

                   (G) Infection control.

                 (2) Two (2) hours of laboratory work, including a mannequin and two (2) live patients, in the use of a slow speed hand piece, prophy cup, and occlusal polishing brush and hand dexterity.

                 (3) Clinical competency demonstrated on a minimum of five patients under the direct observation of an Indiana dentist or dental hygienists whose license is in good standing and an affidavit certifying the competency signed by the supervising dentist and a copy given to the employee .

Course Format

The course meets on two (2) sessions which are necessary to fulfill Indiana State requirements from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  The morning sessions will consist of didactic instruction and the afternoon sessions will consist of the laboratory portion of the course.  The course includes printed materials, certification documents and laboratory supplies.  A minimum number of students are necessary to offer the course.  A refund can be expected if the course is cancelled or if capacity has been reached for requested offering.  Sessions cannot be split between course offerings.

Course Instructors

Rita Jablon, CDA,  EFDA, LDH, RDH, MLS

Donna S. Krause, CDA, LDH, MPA

Juanita Robinson, CDA, EFDA, LDH, MSEd.

Lynne Wiley, CDA, LDH, MSEd.

For More Information Contact:

Rita Jablon, Full-time Faculty

3400 Broadway Street

Gary, IN 46408

(219) 980-6751

rjablon@iun.edu

or

Lynne Wiley, Full-time Faculty

3400 Broadway Street

Gary, IN 46408

(219) 980-6720

lyawiley@iun.edu