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Why is There Demand for Dental Assistants?

If you’re interested in a healthcare career that will challenge you and also has good prospects for the future, you might want to consider becoming a dental assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow much faster than average against other occupations.

But why is there such a high demand for dental assistants?

 

There Are a Lot of Dentists!

Did you know that there are almost 200,000 dentists in the United States? As the demand for dentists increases overall, due to many factors, the need for qualified dental assistants is also on the rise to support them and their practices. As a dental assistant, you may support a dentist in a private dental practice, but there are a variety of other options as well such as specialty practices, public health clinics and more.

 

 

The Importance of Oral Health Is Better Understood

If you think it’s important to regularly brush and floss your teeth for the benefit of a great smile, you’re right. But we now know that the importance of good oral hygiene goes beyond just your teeth and gums. According to the Mayo Clinic, the health of your teeth and gums tell a lot about the health of the rest of your body. Illnesses that start in your mouth—like periodontitis—may also contribute to in other diseases. Regular visits to the dentist, and their helpful dental assistants who help the doctor work more efficiently, are important to maintain good oral health and prevent related diseases.

 

 

The Baby-Boomer Generation is Huge — And Keeping Its Teeth

Gone are the days when elderly people had early teeth extractions and dentures. Now, more people keep their original teeth due to better knowledge and more effective dental care. But aging comes with its own unique needs for dental care, and since one in five Americans will be 65 or older by 2020, the demand for dental practices catering to this population has increased. Some of the challenges dental providers should prepare for when they treat older patients include knowing the side effects of prescriptions they take, more brittle teeth, and decreased mobility or cognitive function.

In addition, health conditions more common in older adults can affect oral health. These include osteoporosis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. It can be especially important for people with these health issues to seek regular dental care.

 

 

Cosmetic Dentistry is Becoming More In-Demand

In the United States and beyond, more people want to spend their disposable income on a better smile. This means the demand for dental practices that provide services like teeth straightening, whitening and veneers is on the rise. This is an area of dental practice that sees patients of all ages, from children to older adults.

 

If you like the idea of caring for patients in a growing field and helping make their dental visits more, efficient and pleasant, contact Charter College today to learn about our certificate program in dental assisting.