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Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry

The sciences are the foundation for your career as a dental assistant. The human body is wonderful, complex, and fascinating. As you study the information in this section, think about your own body. It will make this information even more relevant to you.
The chapters in this section provide an overview of basic human anatomy and physiology, and provide a look into the future of regenerative medicine through stem cell research. You will be able to identify the structures of the oral cavity in detail and will learn how the teeth begin to develop before birth. You will use your knowledge of dentition every day in your career as a dental assistant.

Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry

How to know what to order? This course comes as a booklet with the course and test all in one so you are only paying to take the test.  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the booklet/test then choose our PDF email option! Would you rather receive a hard copy in the mail? Then choose the book/test option. Email courses will take their test online while those that choose the hard copy can either mail their test back in the envelop we provide for grading OR take your test right online for immediate grading.

Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry

Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

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Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry
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Last reviewed: October 1, 2015
Expires: October 1, 2018

Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry

About the Authors

DONI L. BIRD Until her retirement in 2012, she was the director of the Allied Dental Education Programs at Santa Rose Junior College (SRJC) in Santa Rosa, California. She continues to teach part-time at SRJC. Before becoming a dental assisting educator, she practiced as a dental assistant in private practice and at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco. Doni holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in Education from San Francisco State University and a degree in dental hygiene from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention). She is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and has served as president of the Northern California Dental Assistants Association and as chairman of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). She has served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT) and serves as a consultant in dental assisting education to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA). She has served as a member and president of the California Dental Hygiene Educators Association and a member of the Foundation Board of the California Dental Association. Doni has written many articles and presented numerous continuing education programs at major state and national meetings.

DEBBIE S. ROBINSON is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and School of Dentistry. Her educational background includes an Associate's Degree in Dental Assisting from Broward Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master's Degree in Dental Auxiliary Teachers Education from the University of North Carolina. Debbie practiced as a clinical dental assistant for 7 years in a pediatric dental office, as well as in the dental research center and special patient care clinic while in graduate school. With more than 20 years of teaching, Debbie served as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Dental Assisting Program and Dental Assisting Specialty Program at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, as well as holding teaching positions at community college settings in Florida and North Carolina. She has presented continuing education for practicing dental assistants at local, state, and international meetings. She has served as a member of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) test construction committee for two terms and has authored and co-authored journal articles for The Dental Assistant, as well as scientific papers. Additional endeavors include consulting with community colleges and proprietary schools in the development of new dental assisting programs across the country.

Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Identify and describe the four levels of organization in the human body
  2. Give examples of conditions that require interaction among body systems
  3. Describe the life cycle of a tooth.
  4. Discuss the temporomandibular joints.
  5. Name and identify the landmarks of the oral cavity.
  6. Discuss the primary dentition

Modern Dental Assisting: Sciences in Dentistry

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  • General Anatomy
  • General Physiology
  • Oral Embryology and Histology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Landmarks of the Face and Oral Cavity
  • Overview of the Dentitions
  • Tooth Morphology
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