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DA0035: Periodontal Expanded Function Dental Assistant Course

Date: 7/27/2020 - 7/31/2020
Course Status: Cancelled
Facility: Northern Navajo Medical Center
Location: Shiprock, NM
Level: Basic
Audience: Assistants
Quota: 0 - 2 students
Tuition: $320.00
Hours: 32.00 (Total CDE); 32.00 (DANB Clinical); 32.00 (AGD - 490)
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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 composed of didactic and clinical instruction. It is designed to teach dental assistants to provide dental cleanings to remove visible calculus by using state-of-the art Piezoelectric scalers or Magnetostrictive ultrasonic scalers.

This course is open to 6 students from Shiprock and 2 students from other locations.

7/27: 1-5 Detection, diagnosis, public health perio, risks
7/28: 8-5 Instrumentation, ultrasonics, dental procedure codes, ultrasonic lab with typodonts
7/29: 8-5 Practicum: students work on each other and patients
7/30: 8-5 Practicum: students work on patients
7/31: 8-12 Practicum: students work on patients

Post-Course Requirements: Students must complete 20 dental cleanings which are checked and scored by the hygienist/dentist at their home dental clinic. This is documented on the Follow-Up Training Progress Record, which is then maintained at the local program. The dental chief/director should then e-mail the IHS EFDA Coordinator [] to inform them that post-course requirements have been met and that the record is on file at the local clinic. Once this is done, the IHS EFDA Coordinator will provide the student with instructions on how to receive their CDE certificate and their EFDA certificate.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1]   Explain & properly use the Community Periodontal Index [CPI] in screening patients for periodontal disease.
2]   Describe the examination protocol for periodontal disease and when a full periodontal workup is indicated following a CPI screening.
3]   Develop an evidence-based periodontal diagnosis and treatment plan based on the screening, periodontal workup, and other indicators.
1]   Describe periodontal health.
2]   Identify and describe two main types of periodontal disease.
3]   List the common risk factors that can contribute to periodontal disease.
1]   List the advantages and disadvantages of using powered devices.
2]   List the contraindications for using powered devices.
3]   Explain the set up and tip selection of powered devices.
1]   Identify the correct periodontal codes used for basic periodontal cleanings.
2]   Identify what periodontal codes should not be used with specific cleanings.

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 (


Dental assistants must have basic knowledge about periodontal disease before attending the Periodontal Expanded Functions-Basic course and must successfully complete the Prerequisite Course at least 2 weeks prior to attending the course.

Tuition is due only from staff from tribal programs that have taken their HQ dental shares. Tuition Payment is due at least 30 days prior to the start of the course. Please submit tuition payment to the address on the Tuition Payment Form [obtain the form by contacting] or downloading from this site.

Tuition Payment Information:

As of January 1, 2017, dental staff from Title V Tribal Compact Programs are required to pay tuition for courses. For this course, Title V compacted programs should send a check or money order made out to the

Tuition is required only for staff from Title V Tribal Compacts who have taken their dental shares. Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start of the course – please see the tuition policy below.

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.