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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..


The Danger of Prescription Opioids

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Every day in America 91 people die of an opioid overdose, meaning opioids have overtaken car accidents as one of the most common causes of death in the US. The opioid crisis sweeping the US also has a price tag that goes beyond this staggering cost in human lives, opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78 billion annually in healthcare, law enforcement and lost productivity.   Given the huge costs involved, the question of what opioids are, how they can be misused and what can be done to prevent that misuse is some of the most important question facing America today...


5 of the Best Internet Resources for Dental Assisting Students

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In dental assisting, as with any other profession, it is important to keep up with advances in your field and stay abreast of the most recent technologies. Dentistry, as with any other field of medicine, is a quickly evolving specialism, with new research and new technqiues coming out all the time. Keeping up to date with such a quickly evolving field can seem like a daunting task until you realize you have one great ally on your side, the internet!   Many research organizations, professional dentists and dental technology provide produce a huge range of written material that can be..