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Why Dental Assistants Love Their Job

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The Dental Assisting National Board sends out an annual dental assistant salary and satisfaction survey to get the opinions of dental assistants across the country on the best and worst parts of their job.   In this article, we’ll be looking at the reasons dental assistants gave in the DANB’s 2018-2019 dental survey as to why they love their careers. Because They Are Proud of Their Profession The vast majority of respondents to the DANB survey reported that the essential factor that made them love their job is pride in their profession.    As with many who work in the..


Finding the Right Shoes as a Dental Assistant

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When preparing for your first day as a newly qualified dental assistant, your choice of footwear isn’t likely to e the first thing on your mind. However, did you know that the average dental assistant takes about 12,000 steps, which is about five miles, every day?   Suddenly having the right shoes for the job doesn’t seem like a bad idea, does it?   In this article, we’ll be looking at what the usual uniform requirements are for a dental assistant and why the shoes are the most important part.  What Uniform Will I Be Wearing? While the exact uniform..


Can a Dental Assistant Use Nitrous Oxide?

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Nitrous Oxide is a colorless gas that is commonly used for sedation and pain relief in a dental setting, helping patients to relax and numbing any potential pain associated with a procedure without them losing consciousness. Because of these applications, it is commonly used by dentists and dental assistants across the US.   However, one of the more common misconceptions about nitrous oxide is that any dental assistant can begin the flow of nitrous oxide and monitor a patient while alone in the operatory. Depending on the state you’re in, dental assistants may need to be certified to monitor and..


Can Vaping Damage Your Teeth?

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Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking in the US, particularly in those aged 16-25. While vaping in undeniably less deleterious to your health than smoking is, more and more research is showing that it does have its own set of potential health problems, especially in the area of oral health.   In this article, we’ll be looking at what effect vaping has on your oral health as a whole and whether it could be damaging your teeth. The Prevalence of E-Cigarettes One of the major issues around vaping the popularity of vaping with certain age groups. The major..


Avoiding Change Fatigue in the Dental Workplace

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As with most of the healthcare space, the dental sector is rapidly evolving, with the constant drive to produce new and more effective techniques and treatments stimulating evolution at a pace not seen in other industries.   While this constant evolution has obvious benefits for the patients and the sector as a whole, it can lead to so-called ‘change fatigue’ in staff, where the constant evolution of practice and invention of new technologies can be overwhelming to your team.   In this article, we’ll be looking at ways in which change fatigue can be managed and how workplace culture can..


Choosing the Right Dental Assistant Training School

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One of the hardest decisions you’ll face when starting out on the road to becoming a dental assistant is choosing the right dental assisting school for you. In this article, we’ll be looking at what makes a good dental assisting school and what factors you should consider when choosing one. Do They Offer an Externship? A good externship allows students to get a good grip on what the responsibilities of their role are in real life. They also allow for networking and mentorship opportunities that can be invaluable in establishing you in your career.    With this in mind, you..


Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19

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For obvious reasons, a global pandemic can have an impact on your mental wellbeing. The combination of increased fear and anxiety, coupled with the isolating effects of social-distancing can have a negative effect on your state of mind.   To combat the increased anxiety related to the current COVID-19 here are some tips on how you can manage your mental health and the wellbeing of those around you. Know the Signs The first step in managing your mental health is taking stock of your current situation. During a crisis, it is important to notice and accept how you feel and..


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..