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Dental Assistants can POLISH teeth. Dental Assistant may not use hand scalers or Ultrasonic scalers unless they are RDAs. A certified dental assistant who is also CORONAL POLISH certified can perform child or adult prophylaxis (prophy or more commonly referred to as a "regular cleaning"). So, technically, yes Dental Assistants can clean teeth as long as it is the crown above the gum.
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