Clinical Training for Allied Dental Personnel | Coronal Polishing


Friday, December 14, 2018

Course Synopsis

The eight-hour lecture and hands-on lab/clinical course is designed to provide the dental assistant with the knowledge, principles and skills to perform coronal polishing on patients under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. 

The presentation will review oral anatomy and tooth morphology relating to retention of plaque and stain; indications, contraindications and complications of coronal polishing; principles of coronal polishing, including armamentarium, operator and patient positioning, technique and polishing agents; infection-control procedures; polishing coronal surfaces of teeth; and jurisprudence relating to coronal polishing. Upon successful completion of the coronal polishing lab, participants are required to pass a written examination with a score of 75% or higher to proceed to the clinical session of the course.



At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Identify indications, contraindications and complications of coronal polishing

  • Discuss principles of coronal polishing, including armamentarium, operator and patient positioning, technique and polishing agents

  • Distinguish the difference between permanent versus primary teeth and identify other related dental anatomy issues relevant to retention of plaque and stain

  • Describe operator and patient positioning techniques to be used during coronal polishing

  • Discuss the differences between polishing agents

  • Discuss the TSBDE rules and regulations (jurisprudence) regarding coronal polishing for the dental assistant

  • Demonstrate proper moisture and infection-control procedure

  • Educate patients about the effects polishing has on their teeth and gingival tissues



Individuals who are not successful in making the minimum 75% do not meet TSBDE requirements for RULE 114.5 and will not be able to participate in the clinical session of the course (you will receive CDE credit for only the lecture hours completed.)

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Course Fee:Coronal Polishing

$395 allied dental personnel


Attendance is limited.

Required documents due Thursday, November 29 to

Course fee is due at time of registration.


Course Coordinator


Harold A. Henson, RDH, MEd, PhD, is director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, where he also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene. He is a past president of The Supreme (National) Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society; the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists' Association; Texas Dental Hygiene Educators' Association; and The University of Texas-Houston Dental Hygienists' Alumni Association. He is a past chair of the American Dental Education Association Section for Dental Hygiene Education and currently serves on the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice Advisory Board. Dr. Henson has served on the American Dental Hygienists' Association Councils of Education and Member Services and is currently on the editorials boards of ADHA's ACCESS magazine, the Journal of Dental Hygiene and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. He has authored and co-authored articles in various peer-reviewed journals and has been a chapter contributor to several dental hygiene textbooks. 


Credit Hours

Coronal Polishing:

257 Caries Detection and Prevention - Lecture: Hours - 4
257 Caries Detection and Prevention - Hands-on : Hours - 4

Course Requirements & TSBDE Ruling

Please provide the following required documentation by November 29, 2018:


- Proof of at least two years experience as a dental assistant (include hire date)

- Successfully completed current course in basic life support



Texas State Board of Dental Examiners adopted the following rules with March 18, 2018 as the effective date. This course meets TSBDE requirements for coronal polishing.


Rule 114.5 Coronal Polishing for Dental Assistants


The lectures and hands-on sessions will be presented in English. Participants must be able to read and verbally communicate in English to gain full knowledge of all the required materials for the course.

Time and Location


Check-in & Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Presentation: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch

UTHealth School of Dentistry- Ahn Classroom
7500 Cambridge Street
4th Floor Room 4322
Houston, TX 77054

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UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
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