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Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach 5th Edition

Donna J. Phinney, CDA, MEd | Judy Halstead

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DENTAL ASSISTING: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH, 5th Edition, is an all-in-one resource for dental assistants in training. Content covers basic and advanced clinical skills, plus updated information on key practices and procedures, equipment, and patient and employee safety standards. Available with MindTap, the digital learning solution that personalizes learning and supports instructors.

Donna J. Phinney, CDA, MEd, Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA

Donna Phinney was a Certified Dental Assistant and Program Director for the Dental Assisting Program at Spokane Community College. Recently deceased, she devoted her 20-year career to the dental field as a dental assistant and office manager, and later to consulting and teaching. She earned her BA from Eastern Washington University and MEd from Whitworth College. Ms. Phinney was a fellow of the American Dental Assistants Association, where she served as a consultant and an appointed commissioner, as well as an active member of the Washington State Dental Assisting Association.

Judy Halstead, Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA

Judy Halstead, CDA, BA is the former Dental Assisting Program Director for a private college and a high school skills center. Now retired, she also worked as a dental assistant, and an enthusiastic industry representative for more than thirty years. Serving as a president of the Washington Dental Assistant Association, Ms. Halstead often delivered lectures and workshops at local, state, and regional dental conferences, and acted as an industry consultant. Ms. Halstead earned a BA from Eastern Washington University, and is a Certified Dental Assistant with an Expanded Functions certificate.

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  • Enlightened Terms: Listed at the start of each chapter, key terms include page numbers for locating terms in the chapters to provide meaningful context to the concepts. The book’s glossary also includes full definitions of every term.
  • Pronounced Words: A helpful pronunciation guide sounds out complex and clinical terms the first time each appears in the text.
  • Recapped Points: Chapter summaries hone in on key ideas, highlighting critical take-always from the readings, to keep studies focused and productive.
  • Review Practice: Multiple-choice questions in every chapter help students drill down into topics and test their knowledge, while open-ended questions allow them to blend chapter material with their own personal insights and judgment.
  • Web Exploration: Internet exercises in each chapter encourage readers to search the Web for even more information on many dental assisting topics.
  • Handy Workbook: Specially designed to coordinate with DENTAL ASISTING: A COMPREHESIVE APPROACH, 5th Edition, the Student Workbook contains skills evaluation sheets and practice exercises to help your students develop skills inside the classroom and at home.
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  • Colorful Insights: Packed with photos and dynamic, life-like illustrations, DENTAL ASSISTING: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH, 5th Edition, depicts clinical settings and helps students envision the dental assisting career of their dreams.
  • Systematic Detail: Chapters include step-by-step instructions for proper procedures as they relate to handwashing, gloves, mask and protective eye-wear, basic setup, expanded functions, and dental assisting competencies.
  • Thoughtful Issues: A variety of thought-provoking case studies present students with real-life scenarios and ask them to find solutions to problems -- putting their newfound knowledge to the test while probing deeper into the profession.
  • Helpful Icons: Clearly visible, graphic icons in the readings point out information related to legal, safety, technology, global, or cultural issues, along with Expanded Function and Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) competencies.
  • Interactive Skills: Help students learn more by doing!

Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach


1. Introduction to the Dental Profession.
2. Psychology, Communication, and Multicultural Interaction.
3. Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
4. Oral Health and Preventative Techniques.
5. Nutrition.
6. General Anatomy and Physiology.
7. Head and Neck Anatomy.
8. Embryology and Histology.
9. Tooth Morphology.
10. Microbiology.
11. Infection Control.
12. Management of Hazardous Materials (Occupations Health and Safety Administration Standards (OSHA)).
13. Preparation for Patient Care.
14. Dental Charting.
15. Pharmacology.
16. Emergency Management.
17. Introduction to the Dental Office and Basic Chairside Assisting.
18. Basic Chairside Instruments, Tray Systems, and Instrument Transfer.
19. Isolation and Moisture Control, Including Dental Dam.
20. Anesthetic and Sedation.
21. Introduction to Dental Radiography and Equipment.
22. Produce and Evaluate Dental Radiographs.
23. Extraoral and Digital Radiography.
24. Endodontics.
25. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
26. Dental Implants.
27. Oral Pathology.
28. Orthodontics.
29. Pediatric Dentistry.
30. Dental Sealants.
31. Periodontics.
32. Coronal Polish.
33. Fixed Prosthodontics and Gingival Retraction.
34. Computerized Impression and Restorative Systems.
35. Cosmetic Dentistry and Whitening.
36. Removable Prosthodontics.
37. Dental Cements, Bases, and Liners.
38. Restorative Materials and Dental Dam.
39. Laboratory Materials and Techniques.
40. Dental Office Management.
41. Employment Strategies.

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Dental Assisting Exam Review 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access

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Designed around the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Examination blueprint, DENTAL ASSISTING EXAM REVIEW, 1st Edition is the only review manual dental assistants need to pass their certification exams. Its fresh approach centers on how and what to study to pass a variety of state and regional exams, while eliminating tangential material. Exam-focused chapters cover General Chairside Assisting, Infection Control, and Radiation Safety, including photos, procedures, and terminology. DENTAL ASSISTING EXAM REVIEW, 1st Edition also lays a foundation for the testing experience with an overview of the CDA, RHA, and ICE exams.

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