This position requires an interesting balance of technical and interpersonal skills
Training to be a dental assistant has a lot of advantages. Whether you work with children or adults, you can make a difference in how people feel about dental care. You’re also responsible for making sure that the dentist and/or hygienist have the information and the equipment they need, so that the exam or procedure can go smoothly and efficiently. This combination of roles can be challenging as well as gratifying.
If you’re considering a career as a dental assistant, here are some advantages of the job:
Use your empathy and communication skills
Many people feel nervous or worried when it comes to a trip to the dentist. Because dental assistants help to prepare the patient for the exam, they play an important role in how the patient will feel about their experience in the dentist’s chair. Dental assistants can immediately put patients at ease, by answering their questions and reassuring them about what to expect.
Teach healthy habits
Good oral hygiene isn’t only important for your teeth—it’s also critical to good overall health. As the dental assistant, you can make a difference in how patients take care of their teeth and gums by providing friendly, easy-to-understand instruction. This generally means spending a bit of time with patients after their exam and procedures are done, to talk about brushing and flossing habits.
Be part of a team
Whether you work in a small practice or a large university clinic, you’ll have a chance to connect with professionals who are dedicated to improving people’s lives. You each play an important role in making that happen, and working together to form collegial relationships can be very gratifying.
If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a dental assistant, a good next step is to read more about the profession. For example, learn about A Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant. Explore these Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Assisting School. Then you can begin to look for programs in your area. This research could be valuable—especially if you end up choosing a training program that suits your needs. We encourage you to explore many different options. Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck in your career endeavors!
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