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Why the Dental Assistant is the Dentist’s Best Friend

Published: September 9, 2015 | Updated: January 23, 2019
 

More than 250 million patients visit their dentist each year.1/2 No wonder dentists are so busy! That’s why their best friend is often the dental assistant who is by their side throughout the whole day. Here are 5 reasons the modern dental office runs better with a well-trained dental assistant working at the front office and behind the scenes.

Dentist assistants represent the office. Especially in small offices, dental assistants may be the very first person a patient sees. When that person is cheerful, competent and professional, it sends a message about the whole dental practice and the dentists who work there.

They make patients feel better. Do you like going to the dentist? A lot of people don’t! That’s why one of the very important roles a dental assistant plays is to make people feel safe and secure. They help explain procedures, calm frayed nerves and assure patients that it’s all going to be okay.

Dental assistants fight germs and prevent infection.3 It is critical that every piece of equipment the dentist uses is safe and sterile. Dental assistants are trained on proper sterilization habits and know how to use steam, heat and chemical vapor to disinfect and sterilize.

They’re the right-hand man (or woman) to the dentist. Dental assistants perform a variety of tasks that help patients directly, but also help dentists do their jobs even better. They prepare patients for their exams, take and develop x-rays, offer chairside assistance to the dentist and explain proper dental hygiene to patients. And they do this every day!

Dental assistants keep the office running smoothly. Whether they’re making appointments, keeping schedules straight, entering patient data, or submitting claim forms, dental assistants are vital team members of dental practices and clinics. What they do matters!

Have you ever thought of a career as a dental assistant? Dental assistants are respected professionals in high demand. Their job growth is expected to be much faster than average through 2022.4 If you’d like a career where you get to help patients and professionals every day, check out the Certificate in Dental Assisting Program at Charter College. Time to change your life? Start here.

 

1 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf#084

2 http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

3 http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Member%20Center/FIles/cdc_sterilization.ashx

4 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm