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Coronal Polishing and Fluoride Application for Dental Assistants

This course is offered to practicing dental assistants. 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 (this course is not online). All instruction will be provided by dentists licensed to practice in Indiana and dental hygienists licensed in the state of Indiana. For more information about the Indiana Law click here.

Please contact our department for more information on the next course. (574)520-4158.

Caries Prevention (Course Competencies)

Please note according to Indiana Dental Law 828 IAC 6-1-1 Caries prevention: 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.

Coronal Polishing (Course Competencies)

Please Note according to Indiana Dental Law 828 IAC 6-1-2 Coronal polishing Sec. 2. (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
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.
(F) Theory of selective polishing.
(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.

Course Offering and Costs

The course is two days of instruction (8am - 6pm) and will be offered again depending on interest. The cost is $450 per participant if participants register early. 30 students will be accepted per course with a minimum of 12 participants. IU Conferences is managing all registrations. If you have questions about the course or would like a flyer to be mailed to your home or office please contact Sue Szczypka, dental education's department secretary, at (574)520-4158 or sszczypk@iusb.edu. The course will be offered at IU South Bend's Dental Hygiene Clinic in Riverside Hall.