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Dental Assisting

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Dental Science and Dental Assisting


The Dental Assisting Program at College of the Redwoods offers an Associate of Science Degree, Dental Assisting and a  Certificate of Achievement, Dental AssistingThe CR Dental Assisting program will prepare you to take on the increasing sophistication of dental treatment, innovations in technology, and expanded duties of the Dental Assistant. Graduates of the two-semester program qualify to take the Dental Board of California examination for state licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination offered through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Check the Dental Assisting department website for a list of the degrees offered and a complete list of classes. Other classes may be taken as part of this certificate. Check with a counselor to see what classes are currently required for these degrees.

Search Terms

These are some of the terms that students may need for a research project. Other terms may be useful in addition to those listed below. 


Use scientific or technical terms. Use specific words. Use only one or two words.

Try both plural and singular forms. Try different combinations. Check glossary in textbook.

Try variant forms, such as, singular and plural forms.

  • Blood born pathogens
  • Caries
  • Chair side
  • Cleaning procedures
  • Clinical dental assisting
  • Dental anatomy
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental terminology
  • Dentistry practices
  • Developmental anomalies
  • Eating disorders
  • Enamel
  • Facility setup
  • Gloving
  • Gypsum/ Fillings
  • Impression materials
  • Infection or Infection control
  • Instruments (tools)
  • Laboratory duties
  • Medical billing
  • Medical ethics
  • Moisture control
  • Neck and head anatomy
  • Occlusion
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral health
  • Oral lesion
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Patient positioning
  • Periodontics
  • Plaque
  • Preventative dentistry
  • Prosthodontics
  • Radiation safety
  • Radiography or Radiography techniques
  • Radiology
  • Resin
  • Restorative procedure
  • Sealants
  • Sedation
  • Sterile
  • Tooth eruption
  • Tooth formation
  • Tray set up
  • X-ray

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.