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Oral Preventive Assistant FAQ

  • Why is the American Dental Association (ADA) developing a new personnel category of Oral Preventive Assistant (OPA)?
  • Where will the OPA work?
  • What are some of the services that OPAs will provide?
  • What does the term “plaque-induced gingivitis patients” mean?
  • Are these all the services that an OPA may provide?
  • Once a dental assistant completes OPA training, can s/he perform as a dental assistant?
  • What education/training will be required for the OPA?
  • What is the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)?
  • Why do the dental assistants have to go through accredited programs or pass the certification exam given by DANB to enroll in the OPA program?
  • Where can individuals get this training?
  • Is the OPA curriculum available?
  • What are the recommended supervision levels for the OPA?
  • Will certification/licensure be required for an OPA?