N O M E N C L A T U R E
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is a Dental Assistant (DA), Clinical Assistant and Business Assistant?
The Dental Assistant works in behalf of the patient as well as the dentist in helping to assure a high level of professional excellence in oral health care delivery. Helping this health care professional to do a better job is the goal of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).
Dental Assistant takes on significant responsibility as a member of the dental
health care team. Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in
the delivery of quality oral health care and are valuable members of the dental
care team. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your
hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental
assisting is for you.
best way to become a Dental Assistant is to receive formal education. Studying
in a Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited program provides education
that is based on the latest procedures and techniques.
a dental assistant may perform are regulated on a state-by-state basis and may
not include duties assigned to dental hygienists. But the varied activities of
an Assistant in most states make for a challenging, interesting and responsible
position whether Chairside or in the business office. Having
manual dexterity and physically capable to withstand bending, sitting and
standing for shorter to longer periods of time is essential.
In some areas of the country, Dental Assistants can begin their careers without a college degree; however, education is encouraged. Assistants often have considerable freedom to choose their own hours. So if a career in health care and 1-2 years of formal education appeals to you, then dental assisting is a career you will want to explore.
smaller practices, the assistant might work with the dentist as well as managing
the business aspects of the practice such as scheduling, billing and purchasing.
In larger practices, the duties may be more specialized. Many Assistants are
qualified to take x-rays...expose radiographs as it is properly called. In most
dental offices, the Dental Assistant is in charge of infection control
procedures, which are closely regulated by OSHA (the federal Occupational Safety
and Health Administration). The complexity and importance of this task is a real
challenge for any professional, requiring constant updates to remain current
career as a Dental Assistant offers many challenges. In addition to assisting
the dentist during a variety of procedures, other specific tasks dental
assistants may perform include taking and developing dental radiographs
(x-rays), sterilizing instruments, equipment maintenance and taking impressions
of patients' teeth.
duties of a Dental Assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the
dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both
interpersonal and technical skills. Although state regulations vary, some
specific tasks dental assistants may perform include:
the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures;
and developing dental radiographs (x-rays);
about the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse;
as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and
preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment;
patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment;
patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental
treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling);
patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g.,
tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling);
impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth);
office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer;
with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the
telephone, billing and ordering supplies); and
with and helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties,
including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.
Dental Assistants have one of the most diverse and interesting of all positions
in a dental office. Dental assisting is a challenging and rewarding career,
demanding versatility and a willingness to assume responsibility for many
Since Dental Assistants are in demand; career options include both full-time and
Dental offices are interesting, pleasant, people-oriented environments in which
Assisting involves people contact, and with this personal interaction comes the
personal satisfaction of knowing you've really helped someone by helping to
provide a valuable health service.
oral health becomes an essential, recognized factor in America's public health
agenda, the importance of dental healthcare team members grows. With this growth
and recognition, the importance and role of the Dental Assistant has become more
focused as job opportunities have increased. TDAA
Objectives & Policy
Texas Dental Assistants Association (TDAA):
Texas Dental Assistants Association (TDAA) has been a professional association
of the 9th
District of the American Dental Assistants Association since 1940, providing the
voice, guidance and education for Texas Dental Assistants. The Texas Dental
Assistants Association recognizes that dental assistants performing direct
patient care share in the responsibility in the delivery of quality dental
health care to all. The Texas Dental Assistants Association promotes the
practice of dental assisting toward the highest standards of performance
obtainable by supporting and encouraging formal education and meeting a standard
of achievement as defined by the State Board of Dental Examiners by registration
(RDA) and the Dental Assisting National Board credential of Certified Dental
Assistant (CDA). TDAA Local Organizations
Local Dental Assistants Societies: The
Texas Dental Assistants Association’s Local Dental Assistants Societies are
components of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA),
are Texas State Board of Dental Examiner’s (TSBDE)
Approved Providers of Dental Assisting Continuing Education (CE) Courses and
are Program Sponsors of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified, Certification:
Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certified, Certification are Assistants
that have become certified by passing an examination that evaluates their
knowledge. Dental Assistants who
choose to become nationally certified and pass the Dental
Assisting National Board's (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
examination and stay current can use the CDA Credential.
a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) assures the public that the Dental Assistant
is prepared to assist competently in the provision of dental care.
Assistants are eligible to take the CDA examination if they have completed a
dental assisting program accredited by the
on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Individuals who have been trained on the job or have
graduated from non-accredited programs are eligible to take the national
certification examination after they have completed two years of full-time work
experience as dental assistants. Some states also recognize passage of
components of the CDA examination, such as the Radiation Health and Safety
examination, or the Infection Control examination, for licensing and regulatory
purposes. State regulations vary, and some states offer registration or
licensure in addition to this national certification program.
on Dental Accreditation (CODA):
mission of the Commission on Dental Accreditation is to serve the public by
establishing, maintaining and applying standards that ensure the quality and
continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the
evolving practice of dentistry. The scope of the Commission on Dental
Accreditation encompasses dental, advanced dental and allied dental education
education accreditation, initiated in the early 1900s, is conducted today by the
Commission on Dental Accreditation, which operates under the auspices of the
American Dental Association (ADA). It is a peer review mechanism that includes
the involvement of members of the discipline, the broad educational community,
employers, practitioners, the dental licensing community and public members. All
of these groups participate in a process designed to ensure educational quality.
Activities for the Commission would include formulating and approving accreditation standards by which programs are evaluated; establishing policies and procedures for conducting the accreditation program; determining and publicizing program accreditation status; and appointing consultants and site visitors to assist in accreditation activities.
Dental Assistant (CDA):
A Certified Dental
Assistant (CDA) usually has attended an American Dental Association (ADA)
Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
approved school & has passed an examination administered by the Dental
Assisting National Board (DANB).
However, some Assistants who did not attend a CODA Approved Dental Assistant
Program/School have challenged the DANB Examination and have become CDA’s. A
CDA is required by DANB to have twelve (12)
hours of approved continued education (CE) each year and pay an annual fee to
retain the credential of CDA.
Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA): A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) is required by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiner’s (SBDE) to have at least six (6) hours of approved continuing education (CE) each year and pay an annual fee to retain the credential of RDA. A Texas RDA has proved, by testing, to be competent in Radiology, Infection Control and Jurisprudence, has made application to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiner's SBDE, and has paid a fee to the SBDE for both application and registration. Registered Dental Assistants who have other Certifications must attest to having up-to twelve (12) hours of approved CE each renewal.
“Certificate of Completion,” i.e.
Course Completion Certificate:
A TDAA Certificate of
Completion a.k.a. Course Completion Certificate is awarded to each student
completing the required Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE)
Dental Assistant Course & passing the exit Examination. It is to
reflect the student's name, the course, number of hours, and the date of
completion. A Certificate of Completion (the original) is to be kept in
the Dental Assistant's personal records file for safekeeping. A Certificate of
Completion in no way indicates the privilege of using the credential CDA or RDA. Please refer to the terms Registered Dental Assistant
(RDA) and Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) listed above.
A copy of the Course Completion Certificate
received is critical in assisting Dental Assistants in making application to the
SBDE for Dental Assistant
Again, registration is a two-step process.
Accredited Dental Assisting Schools/Programs:
Accredited Dental Assisting Programs/Schools are programs that are accredited by
the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and have been granted the
accreditation status of Approved (without reporting requirements). The
Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized component of the American
Dental Association and is recognized by the United States Department of
Programs in Texas.
Non-Accredited Dental Assisting Schools/Programs:
Non-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs/Schools are Dental Assistant Courses
that are offered through Regional, State, and local Dental Conferences, as well,
as private and public institutions in Texas. There are also programs offered
that are non-accredited by ADA, but provide knowledge necessary to begin a
Dental Assisting Career. Dental
Links & Continuing
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE), (TSBDE);
State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) is an agency of the Texas Government
charged with creating the rules and regulations, necessary to enforce those
Other Dental Links
Registered, Registration of, Registered Dental Assistants (RDA):
The State Board of Dental Examiners is the sole authority
in the state of Texas to issue the RDA credential. Only Dental Assistants
formally registered with the SBDE may use this credential. Public:
term Law is a principle governing action or procedure. It implies imposition by
a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject
to that authority. Laws are created
or amended by the Texas Legislature and cannot be modified or waived by the SBDE.
Rules and Regulations, "Rules and Regs": Rules and Regulations is a term that means to govern or direct according to rule. (1) To bring under the control of law or constituted authority (2) To make regulations for or concerning law. Rules are adopted by state agencies, usually with specific rulemaking authority from the Legislature. The practice and regulation of dentistry in Texas are governed by the Dental Practice Act (DPA). Rules that further clarify the law as set out by the Texas Occupations Code. The TSBDE rules and regulations come under the Texas Administrative Code and are a resource to study prior to passing the required Dental Assistant Course and Examination.
Jurisprudence is the collection of rules imposed by
Practice Act (DPA):
Dental Practice Act is published
by the TSBDE, and contains portions of the Texas Occupations Code relevant to
the dental professional. The DPA is a
resource to study prior to passing the required Dental Assistant Course and
Administrative Code (TAC):
The Texas Administrative Code is a compilation of all
state agency rules in Texas.
Occupations Code (TOC):
Texas Occupations Code is a compilation of the laws enacted by the Texas
Practice Act (DPA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.
it was founded in 1946 to help control malaria, CDC has remained at the
forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic
diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health
threats. Today, CDC is globally recognized for conducting research and
investigations and for its action oriented approach. CDC applies research and
findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health
emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies.
CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s health. See: What’s new!
Centers for Disease Control
Institute of Occupational Safety & Health
1600 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30333 USA
Tel: (800) 232-4636
Direct Supervision: Direction Supervision is a term that means the employing dentist or dentist in charge must be physically present in the dental office when the delegated act is performed and is available. Chapter 265
General Supervision is a term that means the employing dentist or dentist in
charge may not be physically present in the dental office when the delegated act
is a term that means capable of being reversed.
An act or procedure that is capable of being reversed or corrected.
An act or procedure that is capable of being reversed or corrected.
is a term that means not reversible.
Ref: Acts or procedures that are irreversible include, but are not limited to,
the results of intra-oral use of any laser for any purpose.
Ref: Acts or procedures that are irreversible include, but are not limited to, the results of intra-oral use of any laser for any purpose. Rule 114.1.
SOURCE: The provisions of this §104.1 adopted to be effective March 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 1422; amended to be effective April 19, 1998, 23 TexReg 3830; amended to be effective June 28, 1998, 23 TexReg 6440; amended to be effective November 30, 1999, 24 TexReg 10539; amended to be effective April 16, 2000, 25 TexReg 3250; amended to be effective July 1, 2002, 27 TexReg 5782; amended to be effective September 21, 2004, 29 TexReg 9004; amended to be effective February 25, 2007, 32 TexReg 627; amended to be effective December 24, 2007, 32 TexReg 9628; amended to be effective August 7, 2008, 33 TexReg 6132; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 630
Grandfather, “Grandmother” Clause: The term Grandfather or Grandmother Clause is a predicate created as an exemption based on circumstances previously existing.
Tripartite: Is a term that means involving three parties or elements. Example: "a tripartite treaty;" "a tripartite division;" "A tripartite agreement."
Coastal Bend: Coastal Bend is a region in Texas that encompasses the counties of: Arkansas, Bee, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, McMullen, Nueces and San Patricio.
District is a North Central region in Texas that encompasses the counties of:
Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains and Rockwall.
Dental Assistant Courses with an Exam:
Dental Assistant Courses with an Exam is a qualifying course for Registration
and is a listing of Dental Assistant Courses and Examinations approved by the
Courses NOT listed are not being considered approved and will not be accepted as
a qualifying course for registration. This list is available on the Texas State
Board of Dental Examiner’s website and will be continually updated.
Approved Providers of Dental Assisting Continuing Education (CE) Courses/Lectures: Approved Providers of Dental Assisting Continuing Education (CE) Courses/Lectures is a listing of TSBDE Approved Providers of Dental Continuing Education (CE) Courses. These Approved Providers are different from the providers of the Dental Assistant Course and Examination.
Continuing Education course endorsed by the following providers will meet the criteria for acceptable continuing education hourse, if such hours are either technical or scientific as related to clinical care and in the content as certified by the following providers under Rule 104.2 - Providers
SOURCE: The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635
of Dental Nomenclature, i.e. Terminology, Language:
great resource to study prior to passing the Texas required Dental Assistant
Course and Examination.
Dental and Oral Health Links
List of Acronyms
AADE American Association of Dental Examiners
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
American Dental Association
ADAA American Dental Assistants Association
ADEX American Board of Dental Examiners
ADEA American Dental Education Association
Alternative Dispute Resolution
AED Automated External Defibrillator
AGD Academy of General Dentistry
American Heart Association
American Medical Association
Advanced Life Support
Society of Anesthesiologists
Basic Life Support
CDA Certified Dental Assistant
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CDT Certified Dental Technician
CERP Certified Education Recognition Program
Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American
Central Processing Unit
CRDTS Central Regional Dental Testing Service, Inc.
CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
DANB Dental Assisting National Board
Doctor of Dental Surgery
Drug Enforcement Agency
DHAC Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee
DLAT Dental Laboratory Association of Texas
DLCC Dental Laboratory Certification Council
DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine
Dental Practice Act
Department of Public Safety
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FAGD Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
FAAFS Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences
FAQS Frequently Asked Questions
General Equivalency Diploma
HAV Hepatitis A Virus
HbeAg Hepatitis B e antigen
HBV Hepatitis B Virus
Insurance Privacy Accountability Act
MD Doctor of Medicine
East Regional Board
Safety and Health Administration
Background Information Services
State Board of Dental Examiners
Office of Administrative Hearings
Regional Testing Agency
Dental Assistants Association
TDHA Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association
Texas Dental Assistant Educators’ Association
Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association
Texas Occupations Code
State Board of Dental Examiners
WREB Western Regional Examining Board
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