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The Importance of Chart Notes

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Writing detailed chart notes for each and every patient can be an arduous process, however, taking down the correct chart notes and including the correct details is an important responsibility of a dental assistant.   In this article, we’ll be covering why chart notes are so important and the correct method for taking them. Why Chart Notes Are So Important  If nothing else, chart notes protect you from a legal standpoint. As Dentistry IQ points out,    “Chart notes can and will be called into evidence in a court of law if the practice is involved in a malpractice suit...

How Becoming a Certified Dental Assistant Can Boost Your Career

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Not every state requires dental assistants to qualify as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) before they can practice, in fact, many of them don’t and only require the completion of a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. While you might not need CDA after your name to get a job in the dental assisting field, there are some benefits to getting qualified that go beyond simply getting your first job and can help you advance your career. So, in this article, we will be looking at the ways of becoming a certified dental assistant can boost..

Research Shows Why Dental Assistants Are Vital to Dental Practices

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We’ve often said that dental assistants are the beating heart of any dental practice, and now, thanks to the DALE Foundation, we’ve got the numbers to prove it.   The DALE Foundation’s “Value of Dental Assistants to the Dental Practice” research, which involved interviewing over 3,000 dentists, dental hygienists, dental office managers, and dental assistants shows just how important the role of dental assistant actually is.   So, if you are considering starting a career as a dental assistant by training with us here at Northwest Career College, here are some insights into just how much of an impact your..

5 Common Dental Procedures Explained

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A visit to the dentist can be a nervewracking experience, or it can spark your interest in how these dedicated medical professionals keep their patient’s mouths and teeth free of disease. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what some of the procedures you’re undergoing going actually entail, here is out breaking of five of the most common dental procedures. Crowns or Caps Crowns and caps fit over badly damaged, decayed, or misshapen teeth. During the crown or cap fitting, the tooth is first frozen with anesthesia and then filed down so the cap can fit over it.   Dental resin is..

The Impact of 3D Printing on the Dental Industry

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3D printing has become of the most prevalent design technologies of the modern age, coming on it leaps and bounds over the last decade to represent the future of modern industry. However, the use of a technology that can quickly and cheaply print 3D objects doesn’t just apply to manufacture, dentistry has also benefited from this new wave of easily accessible custom 3D objects.   For example, In the Netherlands, an 83-year-old woman had a jaw reconstruction thanks to 3D printing. Her 3D printed jawbone has been made with titanium powder and a bioceramic coating.    A special dental bridge..

Are Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists the Same Thing?

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It is fairly common for people to mistake dental hygienists for dental assistants and use these two terms interchangeably. However, the role of the dental hygienist is sharply different from that of a dental assistant and they both play different roles within any dental care team.   If you are thinking of taking up a new career, or studying for a qualification, in the dental assisting field, and are confused about what the differences are between these two, here is our short guide to the roles of the dental assistant and the dental hygienist.  What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?..

5 Wellness Blogs That Will Help Make You a Healthier Dental Assistant

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Becoming a dental assistant is all about wanting to help others stay healthy, but what about you? Working in any healthcare field is a demanding and stressful experience with the added complication of potentially exposing you to all the illnesses that your patients might have.   The best way for you to help keep your patients healthy is for you to stay healthy yourself, so, with that in mind, here are five wellness blogs that will help make you a healthier dental assistant. The Balanced Life with Robin Long As a fitness instructor and mom of four, Robin Long’s motto..

Important Habits to Cultivate as a Dental Assistant

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When you first join the job market, one of the most common warnings is not to develop any “bad habits.” This is perfectly good advice, it’s easy to fall into bad habits at the start of your career that can be difficult to break out of, but it does gloss over the importance of building good habits that can make you attractive to potential employers and add value to your workplace.   The demand for dental assistants in on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 19 percent rise in the number of dental assistant positions over the..

The Importance of Infection Control in the Dental Office

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Infection control in dentistry has come a long way. BACK IN THE 1970S, instruments were scrubbed with bare hands and a short-handled brush, placed in open baskets for sterilization, and then stored unwrapped on open trays or in glass instrument trays in drawers. Personal protective equipment (PPE)? Unheard of.   Naturally, infection was an occupational hazard for practitioners. But the risks were even more serious for patients: between 1970 to 1987, nine clusters of patients were reported to be infected with hepatitis b through treatment by an infected clinician.   By the mid-'80s, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published..

How to Get Your First Dental Assistant Job?

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One of the major question facing people who are considering attending dental assistant school here at Northwest is, how difficult will it be for me to get my first job?   In reality, this is a major question in the mind of anyone who is willing to invest both their money and time, and take the risks necessary, to pursue their dream career. Thankfully landing your dream position as a dental assistant in Las Vegas doesn’t have to be a difficult procedure.    Here at Northwest, we’ll give you the training, support, and motivation you’ll need to go out and..