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DA0027: Periodontal Expanded Functions - Basic

Date: 8/13/2012 - 8/17/2012 Course Status: Completed
Facility: Northern Navajo Medical Center Dental Clinic Location: Shiprock, NM
Level: Basic Audience: Assistants
Quota: 6 - 8 students Tuition: $1,438.00
Hours: 35.00 (Total CDE); 35.00 (DANB Clinical)
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The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider
The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

This course is not subject to the lottery. It is open only to staff at the Shiprock Clinic. Contact Sharon Bydonie for admission to this course.

This didactic and clinical course is designed for assistants who will have the opportunity to improve their skills in ultrasonic scaling. We will work on dentiforms and on other course participants with the state-of-the art Piezoelectric scalers or Cavitron ultrasonic scalers. The use of antimicrobials including sulcular irrigation, and new oral hygiene adjuncts will also be covered. The course will have a strong clinical emphasis. In addition, we will review the Indian Health Service [IHS] and American Dental Association [ADA] periodontal procedure codes. Students must complete 20 patient cleaning at their home dental clinic, documented on the Follow-Up Training Progress Record, before the Course Completion Certificate is provided by the DOH.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Relate Community Periodontal Index of Treatment Needs [CPITN] scores to a need for potential periodontal treatment.
2. Detect disease, supra and subgingival calculus.
3. Accurately code for periodontal and hygiene procedures with IHS/ADA coding.
4. Use sulcular irrigators, and know when to use them.
5. Recommend effective toothpastes, mouthrinses and oral hygiene aids to patients.
6. Motivate patients to improve plaque removal and periodontal health.
7. Identify who is at risk for periodontal breakdown.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

Concerns or complaints about this course may be directed to IHS CDE Coordinator or to ADA CERP (


Completion of the online course Periodontal Expanded Functions - Basic Prerequisites

Tuition Payment Information:

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.

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