An Exciting Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant
Did you know the dental assisting profession has been projected to grow 18 percent during the years of 2014 through 2024, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations? And from there who knows, the sky's the limit. But what exactly does a dental assistant do?
A Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant
Every day in the life of a dental assistant is an exciting one because of the wide variety of people you meet and the many different types of tasks that are performed. Not to mention knowing that you are contributing to helping people maintain their health by maintaining their teeth and gums.
Here are some of the tasks you can expect to perform while on your journey as a dental assistant.
- Assisting the dentist in everything from patient relations to a plethora of dental treatments and procedures.
- Taking X-Rays and developing them.
- Talking with patients to obtain their medical history, as well as taking their blood pressure and their pulse.
- Sterilizing and organizing dental equipment and instruments.
- Patient relations which could be everything from small talk to oral care instructions to making them feel comfortable before, during and after any given procedure.
- Teaching adults and kids the proper oral hygiene and how to properly brush and floss. And how their diet can adversely affect their teeth and gums.
- Taking impressions of patients' teeth for casts.
- Contributing to office organization and management tasks.
- Answering the phones, making appointments, billing, dealing with vendors and ordering supplies.
- And much more!
If you are thinking about becoming a dental assistant, then ponder over this. The median pay of a dental assistant is $17.30 per hour or $35,980 per year. And as we mentioned above it's one of the fastest growing professions. Additionally, you can become a dental assistant much faster than other professions as well. There is also plenty of room for growth and advancement from there.
If you would like more information about how to become a dental assistant, including using the latest technology and specialized hands-on training, please contact us below. We'd love to show you how exciting a career in dental assisting can be!