It doesn’t take a dental assistant to know that the tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. Or if you don’t floss you miss cleaning 40 percent of your tooth surfaces.However, those are just some cool facts about dental assistants you can tell your patients if you want to become a dental assistant.
While most dental assistants work in dental offices, periodontist offices or endodontist offices; the job can be challenging and interesting at times, it can be a lot of fun too. Read on to learn about some of the exciting things involved in being a dental assistant.
Dental assistants get to do a variety of work. For many people, performing a variety of tasks makes work diverse, engaging and enjoyable. Some of the daily duties when helping dentists and hygienists as well as the office team include:
- Sterilizing equipment
- Processing X-rays
- Organizing dental records
- Processing billing and payments
- Scheduling appointments
- Educating patients on oral health
Dental assistants usually work regular business hours.Most dental offices are open during the weekdays, giving a dental assistant the weekends and nights off. Although, there may be some offices that are open on some weeknights and weekends, you still won’t be working long shifts like some other healthcare professions.
Dental assistants also get to educate patients on dental hygiene.You can make this part of your job creative and educational at the same time. Teaching a patient about diet and nutrition, how to brush and floss properly and scheduling them for their next visit can be a rewarding part of your job. You can throw out some fun facts during your discussion so your patient can take their dental health seriously.
Here are a few facts you can tell your patients while educating them:
- There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in one can of soda.
- People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62 percent more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
- You should spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth, twice daily.
- Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 types of bacteria.
- The average woman smiles 62 times a day while the average man only smiles about eight times a day.