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Continuing Dental Education

Course Information

Coronal Tooth Polishing for DA IIs

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
Credit: 7 hours
Location: UNC School of Dentistry
Cost: $425.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Dental Ecology


Required Forms for Course
Mail-in Registration Form
Request and Consent Form
Employment and Professional Liability Coverage
Medical History
DA II Status Verification Form

Course Description
This course will prepare you to polish coronal surfaces as provided by the North Carolina State Dental Practice Act. UNC faculty instructors will cover the rationale for polishing, types of stains and deposits, consideration of restorative materials, and the selection of appropriate polishing agents. A small student to faculty ratio will facilitate your comprehension. During a hands-on laboratory session and a supervised clinic session you will develop your clinical skills on fellow course participants. Clinical facilities and materials will be provided; however, please bring your own safety glasses and clinic attire.

The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners added coronal tooth polishing as a permitted function for trained Dental Assistant IIs in NC effective January 1994. Upon successful completion of this course, Dental Assistant IIs will be able to legally polish the coronal surfaces of the dentition under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

Course Objectives
The information presented at this educational activity should improve your ability to:
1. Provide and meet the NC Dental Laws allowing the Dental Assistant II to perform selective coronal polishing.
2. Apply the basic principles and techniques on selective coronal polishing.
3. Recognize the indications and contraindications for coronal polishing.
4. Differentiate between extrinsic and intrinsic stains.
5. Demonstrate the preferred clinical technique for coronal polishing.

UNC Faculty

Ms. Amy Nguyen Stewart, MS, BS, BA is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She graduated from Cal State University, San Bernardino with a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration. She later earned both her B.S. and M.S. in dental hygiene sciences education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Stewart routinely presents and consults on continuing education seminars for dental teams on local, state and national levels in fields such as ergonomics, spa dentistry, soft tissue management, antimicrobials and local delivery therapies, dental substances abuse, and cultural diversity.

Dr. Carol Haggerty MS, DDS, MPH is a Clinical Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Operative Dentistry. Dr. Haggerty graduated from the dental hygiene program and the dental program at the University of Michigan. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a practice director for the fourth year General Dentistry Clinic and an advisor to the School of Dentistry public health outreach organization. Dr. Haggerty's interests are in periodontics with an emphasis on prevention, oral medicine and public health.

Cancellations and Refunds
A registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by October 10, 2014. No refunds will be issued after October 10, 2014. THE UNC School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education Program cannot be responsible for the refund of any part of the registration fee as a result of emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond its control after the cancellation date.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies

Special dietary requirements will be honored whenever possible. Please be sure to notify our office in writing of your special need no later than October 10, 2014.

Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of North Carolina does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

ADA CERP Recognized Provider
This continuing education program is presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Continuing Dental Education program. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDE s term of recognition is May 2012 through June 2015. 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 provider or to ADA CERP at