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Credential Requirements and Recommendations

Continuing Dental Education is required to maintain licensure and certification as a Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, or Dentist. These requirements vary by state. Additionally, the IHS Division of Oral Health (DOH) maintains recommendations for working in an IHS-associated dental practice.

Division of Oral Health (DOH) Recommendations

The DOH strongly recommends that you take the following courses during your first year of service with the Indian Health Service.

Dental Assistants

New Dental Assistants are recommended to take the following two (2) courses:

  • Orientation to Dental Assisting
  • Basic Radiology for Dental Staff / Radiology for Dental Staff

Dental Hygienists

  • Challenges for IHS Dental Hygienists


New Dentists are recommended to take the following course:

  • Challenges in an IHS Dental Practice

State Licensure Requirements

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

The American Dental Association (ADA) web site provides a list of Continuing Dental Education requirements (PDF) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  alphabetically ordered by state.

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Requirements

The AGD web site Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  provides information on fellowship and mastership in the Academy. Membership in the AGD requires 75 hours of continuing education every three years.


Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Requirements

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The DANB web site Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  provides a list of National Recertification Guidelines Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving .

DANB Approval indicates that a continuing education course appears to meet certain specifications as describe in the DANB Recertification Guidelines. DANB does not, however, endorse or recommend any particular continuing education course and is not responsible for the quality of any course content.

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