As of this date, the issue regarding a proposed Restorative Functions Dental Auxiliary
is presumed to have been tabled by the FDA and the Florida Board of Dentistry.
In addition, states that have some form of Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary
are in the majority and some have been utilizing EFDA for over 30 years.
The United States Public Health Service funded a large study of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs) in the 1960s with programs at the University of Alabama, Indian Health Service, University of the Pacific, University of North Carolina and Louisville Kentucky, which was also home to the study of Dental Auxiliary
Jeffrey Wood, DDS, is Professor & Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Director Dental Auxiliary
Sealants are one of the best preventive measures we can offer our patients, and are cost-effective when placed by a dental auxiliary
An extended series of studies have found that in most dental auxiliary
programs students received limited if any classroom and/or clinical opportunities to develop the background and experience to provide services for individuals with special health care needs.
When asked to describe the ideal dental auxiliary
, we all think about their ability to perform the duties they were hired to do.
Finkbeiner writes that the factors that impact the salary for each dental auxiliary
should be job responsibilities, employee credentials, employee performance and commensurate jobs in the community.
Her international experience includes establishing the German Summer Institute, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and developing the dental auxiliary
curriculum for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, University of Kentucky.