July 10, 2015

TSBDE-Approved Course for Certification
Coronal Polishing for the Dental Assistant

Lynn A. Smiley R.D.H., B.A.

This program offers 8 hours of clinical and didactic education required by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for certification in coronal polishing. This course will include: Oral Anatomy; Tooth morphology; Indications, contraindications and complications for coronal polishing; Infection control procedures; and Jurisprudence relating to coronal polishing. The laboratory and clinical activity will include: training in using a slow-speed hand piece; principles of coronal polishing; armamentarium; operator & patient positioning, polishing technique, polishing agents; and polishing coronal surfaces of teeth. This course is offered through the Department of Dental Hygiene at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in collaboration with San Antonio College Dental Assisting Program and is a TSBDE APPROVED & ACCREDITED COURSE. In order to obtain your certification the State also requires at least 2 yrs as a dental assistant.

• State the effect polishing has on the patient,environment, teeth and gingival tissues.
• Identify indications for polishing the teeth.
• Discuss contraindications for polishing the teeth.
• Distinguish between abrasion, abrasive and polishing.
• Identify the characteristics of abrasive particles.
• Determine how particle size/shape, speed, and pressure affect abrasiveness.
• Recognize different abrasive agents.
• Describe the constituents of a commercial polishing agent utilized by a dental professional.
• Demonstrate use of a slow speed hand piece and prophylaxis angle on a partner in clinic.
• Define cumulative trauma disorders and explain how the dental assistant might prevent such injuries.
• Given a description of a seated operator and/or a reclined patient, determine if the situation serves the clinician's best interest ergonomically.
• Outline the anatomy of the carpal tunnel and explain how compression of the median nerve occurs.
• List the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
• List the areas of the work site to be evaluated for potential carpal tunnel syndrome risk.
• Define disclosing.
a. Explain the different ways that disclosing dental plaque can assist the dental assistant in patient education and motivation.
b. List the properties of an acceptable disclosing agent.
c. Describe the various formulas of disclosing agents.

Lynn A. Smiley, RDH, BA, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has 25 years of experience as a clinical dental hygienist. She is currently course director for Introduction to Clinical Theory, PreClinical Dental Hygiene, Clinic I and Clinic I Seminar. As the Junior Year Clinic Coordinator, Ms. Smiley is responsible for the clinical experience of students in their first semester of patient care.

Check-in: TBD, 7:30 AM
Program: Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

The University of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio, School of Dentistry

Dental Assistant: $340.00

CREDIT (Course Code: 156734A)
Hours: 8

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