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DH0001: Dental Hygienist/Dental Periodontal Educator Course

Date: TBD
Course Status: Completed
Facility: To be determined
Instructor: Gregory Smith
Director: Gregory Smith
Level: Advanced
Audience: Hygienists, Dentists
Quota: 1 - 2 students
Tuition: $554.00
Hours: 40.00 (Total CDE); 40.00 (AGD - 490)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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Note: Contact Dr. Todd Smith for registration to this course. This course is held in conjunction with the IHS periodontal EFDA course, and the RDH will be working alongside a certified periodontal educator.

This didactic and lab course is for dental hygienists who have a desire to be IHS educators in periodontics. This is a teaching course, where the participant will learn how and what to teach dental assistants in basic clinical periodontics. You will be preparing the assistant to provide ultrasonic instrumentation, OHI, and antimicrobial recommendations to their patients under the direction of a dentist or hygienist. This course will certify you to teach dental assistants and provide continuing education credits through the Division of Oral Health CDE program, as well as enhance your CV/Resume with dental activities outside your normal service unit duties. PowerPoint presentations will be provided to all course participants to facilitate teaching activities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Use the concepts of adult education in teaching situations.
2. Teach detection and classification of periodontal disease.
3. Motivate individuals to improve oral hygiene and periodontal health.
4. Teach safe and effective ultrasonic scaling of teeth.
5. Accurately code for periodontal and hygiene procedures with IHS/ADA coding.
6. Recommend effective toothpastes, mouth rinses and oral hygiene aids to dental assistants and patients.
7. Identify who is at risk for periodontal breakdown.
8. Use mounted dentiforms effectively to teach instrumentation of teeth.

Speaker / Presenter:

Gregory Smith — Periodontal Consultant For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

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.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at


Participant has been a clinical hygienist for at least five years and has the supervisor's permission to teach a four-day course, either at or away from the service unit.

Contact Dr. Todd Smith for registration to this course.

Tuition Payment Information:

No tuition required.

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.