Dental Assistants Assist in Diagnosis of Severe Health Problems

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Each year, almost 20 million Americans see a dentist without paying a visit to their regular doctor. For this reason, it is more important than ever for Dental Assistants and other dental professionals to be vigilant and on the lookout for signs of severe health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. According to the National Health Interview Survey taken by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2008, about 26% of children did not see a general healthcare provider during the year, yet more than one third of this group did visit the dentist. This number is similar for adults – one quarter of those surveyed did not see a general healthcare provider, while a quarter of that group did visit the dentist at least once. There is a strong link between oral health and general health, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and this…

4 Things Your Dental Patients May Not Be Telling You

Categories: Dental Assisting

It’s not uncommon for people to experience a degree of anxiety when it comes time to take a seat in the dentist’s chair. As a Dental Assistant, it’s important to be aware of this in order to put your patients at ease while providing as calming an experience as possible. In addition, be sure to ask your patients questions throughout the examination process, as there may be some things your patients aren’t necessarily telling you about their dental health and habits. Ask your patients about their diet. Many of your patients may not have a true understanding about just how much their diet can affect their teeth. Patients may be hesitant to tell their dentist about any underlying illnesses or ailments they are suffering from that don’t necessarily have anything to do with their teeth. It is extremely important to find out if there are any illnesses, recent surgical procedures,…

An Overview of Modern Dental Technology

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Dental Assistants are responsible for a wide variety of on-the-job tasks, with duties including everything from making patients as comfortable as possible in the dentist’s chair, to obtaining and maintaining patient records, and everything in between. As you begin your career in Dental Assisting, it is important to familiarize yourself with the various tools and equipment you will be using on a day-to-day basis. As a Dental Assistant, you will be responsible for operating and sterilizing a range of sophisticated equipment and instruments. Many dental tools are used to keep the patient’s mouth dry and clear of debris to aid the dentist’s visibility and make the patient more comfortable. Most Dental Assistant responsibilities do not include using any invasive equipment, like drills. The most commonly used tools include the suction hose, high-volume evacuator, and air-water syringe. Dental Assistants use the suction hose (also commonly referred to as a saliva ejector…

Job Growth: Why Dental Assistants are Smiling in 2012

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There are many reasons why Dental Assistants are smiling in 2012 – including job growth in this expanding allied health field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for Dental Assistants from 2010-2020 is projected to increase 31% –faster than average for the majority of occupations in the United States. As there has been research linking oral health to general health, the need and attention to high-quality dental care likely will increase. Most Dental Assistants work in dental offices, community health centers, or hospitals that provide dental services. This profession includes a range of responsibilities from hands-on patient care to sterilizing instruments, from preparing the patient and examination room to record keeping and administrative tasks. Some Dental Assistants choose to continue their education and go on to become Dental Hygienists, performing other specialized duties and fulfilling additional responsibilities. The requirements to become a Dental Assistant vary…