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How To Keep Your Patient Calm During A Dental Procedure

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At some point in our lives, we will all need to undergo a dental procedure, whether it is as simple as a checkup and clean or as complex as the surgical removal of a damaged tooth. While almost nobody enjoys visiting the dentist, one in ten people in the U.S suffers from some form of extreme dental anxiety.   One of the primary duties of a dental assistant is to make sure that patients are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Helping patients with dental anxiety is part of that responsibility and one in ten of the patients that..


Is Dental X-Ray Exposure Safe?

Taking Dental x-ray of patient

Dental x-rays are a key part of dental checks and are vital to spotting and treating dental conditions that might not be immediately obvious by sight checks alone. However, its common knowledge that radiation is harmful to the human body and a dental assistant might be called upon to conduct thousands of x-rays over their career, so is dental x-ray exposure safe? Why Are Dental X-rays Necessary? Not all dental issues are timely obvious and dental x-rays are an excellent way for dentists to examine areas and tissues that a standard oral exam cannot get too. Using an x-ray allows..


5 Way To Stand Out As A Dental Assistant

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The key to advancing your career as a dental assistant, accessing better job opportunities and improving your wage, is to find a way to stand out from those around you. By employing your skills, education and personal abilities you can differentiate yourself from other applicants and ensure that your name is first on the list for new positions and career advancement. To help you achieve this, we’ve put together five ways you can stand out as a dental assistant.   1. Put in the hard work - Perhaps the easiest way to differentiate yourself from the people around you, is..


The Importance Of Communication As A Dental Assistant

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The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most critical skills that a dental assistant can cultivate. The core of any dental practice is made up of several groups, patients, dentists, hygienists and administrative staff. As a dental assistant, it is your responsibility to learn how to interact, and communicate with, all of these groups as part of your day-to-day job. Clear And Efficient Communication Communicating with patients - As a dental assistant, the most important group of individuals you will be communicating with are the patients at your dental practice. As the face of your practice, you’ll often..


How To Find Your Ideal Dental Assistant Job

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According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the demand for qualified Dental Assistants is on the rise, with a 19% increase in job roles expected over the next ten years. The stats suggest there are an increasing number of Dental Assistant positions to be had, but applying for them when you have only just graduated can be a daunting task. Here at Northwest Career College we are committed to finding you the Dental Assistant role of your dreams, which is why we’ve put together these tips on how to find your ideal dental assistant job. Finding Your Dream Job Write..


The Importance Of Healthy Gums

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While perhaps not as well publicized as tooth care, the importance of healthy gums to keeping a healthy mouth cannot be overstated. Your gums are the foundation of a healthy smile as they protect your teeth’s roots and the bones of your jaw.   Neglecting your gums can lead to some rather unpleasant health issues. Poor oral hygiene can result in halitosis, the medical term for bad breath. If bacteria builds up in your mouth, the toxins produced can cause your breath to smell. You may also contract a gum disease, such as Gingivitis, which can leave your gums swollen,..


How to Become A Better Dental Assistant

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The dental assistant is a key role in any dental practice, making sure infection prevention protocols are followed, handling front office tasks and assisting the dentist during tricky procedures. As the role has a number of important responsibilities, it is vital that a dental assistant is always looking for ways to improve themselves, so we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to be the best dental assistant that you can be.   Stay proactive - Dental practices are busy places and there is always something to do, especially in a role as multi-purpose as the dental assistant. If you..


What Does A Dental Assistant Do?

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The dental assistant is a vital part of any dental practice, increasing the efficiency of the dentist and allowing them to deliver a higher quality of oral healthcare. Qualifying as a dental assistant opens up a range of potential career paths, including moving into the fields of dental hygiene, office management, dental sales or building on your dental assistant skills to become a fully qualified dentist.   Despite the importance of the role in a dental practice, and its growing popularity as a dependable career choice, one of the most common questions we get asked here at Northwest Career College..