What are the Duties of a Dental Assistant?

Categories: Dental Assisting

Have you always flossed and brushed? Even enjoyed getting your teeth cleaned? If so, you might be the perfect match for a career in dental assisting. But before you decide to become a dental assistant, it’s helpful to have a thorough understanding of what exactly a dental assistant does on a day-to-day basis. At Arizona College, we want all of our prospective students to be equipped with all the information they need to know before they begin their coursework. Let’s take a look at the various duties of a dental assistant below: Administrative No matter where you find your start, it’s likely you’ll be handling the administrative work, on top of your hands-on dental assisting duties. Responsibilities such as maintaining accurate patient records, instructing patients on the basics of proper dental health and scheduling patient appointments all could fall under your job description. Patient Service Dentists see several patients a…

What Comes After Arizona Dental Assistant School?

Categories: Career Services, Dental Assisting

You’ve studied hard, listened attentively and even attended a few tutoring sessions to reinforce the material. You’re so close to being a professional dental assistant, ready to take on the world of oral hygiene and work hands-on alongside dentists. Now, as you near the end of your career at an Arizona dental assistant school, you’re starting to ask yourself, “what comes next?” Have no fear. In this article, we’ll discuss what comes after finishing dental assistant school and what you can expect in this exciting stage of your career. Externship Most accredited Arizona dental assistant schools will have an externship program to give students the real world and hands-on experience they need to envision what the day-to-day work life is of a dental assistant. These externships come after all course and lab work is completed, typically lasting anywhere from four to eight weeks. A lot of times externships can be…

Arizona Dental Assisting Program

Categories: Dental Assisting

Love to floss? Horrified at the thought of bad breath? Maybe it’s time you take your stringent oral hygiene habits pro. Dental assistants give dentists the proper support they need to provide great dental care to all their patients. Look no further than Arizona College’s dental assisting program! Study the dental assistant profession intimately, with hands-on instruction and modern dental equipment. Keep reading to learn what Arizona College’s dental assisting program can do for you. What Does a Dental Assistant Do? Dental assistants are the people you see before the dentist comes in. Their primary role is to aid the dentist in providing quality oral healthcare to all patients. Typical duties involve working alongside the dentist during examinations and procedures, keeping the patient’s mouth clean and dry with the use of suction devices, mixing material for restorative procedures, making dental impressions for restoration, creating and polishing crowns, and taking dental…

Healthy Toddlers: Taking Care of Tiny Teeth

Categories: Dental Assisting

Many parents often wonder, “What should I do to care for my toddler’s teeth?” The truth is, many dentists recommend at-home dental care should start way before a toddler sprouts their first pearly white!  Amazingly, teeth are actually formed in the womb during the second trimester of pregnancy and reside in the jaw and gums where they await their big debut.   Proper cleaning and examination of an infant’s mouth can start any time after birth to develop good, lifelong oral health during all stages of development. One of the first steps in cleaning your infant’s gums is to gently rub a clean washcloth along the top and bottom gum line.  This process can easily be done during your nightly bath time routine. You may find that when your infant is teething, they will look forward to this routine as it often soothes achy and swollen gums.  Wiping an infant’s gums physically…

Allied Health Professions Week 2014

Categories: Dental Assisting, Health Information, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy

Every year, the health care community desires to create awareness for particular health care related professions, including Allied Health. November 3rd-9th, 2014, is a week dedicated to honoring all Allied Health Professionals.  This event honors the more than 3 million health care providers working in more than 80 allied health professions.  It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators, and allied health accreditors. Who are Allied Health Professionals? Allied Health Professionals provide patient care, which including the medical, dental and pharmacy fields.  They work within a team to make the health care system function effectively and efficiently by providing a wide range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care and support services.  These professionals are crucial to the health care providers they support and the patients they tend.  It is estimated that Allied Health Professionals make up approximately 60% of the health care workforce. What are…