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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..


Why Is Gum Health So Important?

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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 gum disease, such as Gingivitis, which can leave your gums swollen,..


What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Dental Assistant?

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Being a dental assistant is not only about helping others while receiving an excellent salary. In Nevada, the average salary for dental assistants is over $19 per hour or $39,000 per year. Even higher as you become more experienced and vital to the dental office. But there are many other advantages and reasons for becoming one. If you’re in search of a job where you can intertwine with the lives of others in a positive way, you should highly consider starting the journey towards becoming a dental assistant!   Here are just a few reasons to consider taking that first..


A Brief History of Dentistry

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Dentistry is a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the teeth and gums, as well as diseases of the oral cavity and maxillofacial area. The earliest history of dentistry may be traced back to nearly 7000 BCE in the Indus Valley Civilization, in what is now Pakistan. Archeological finds from the area indicate that bead craftsmen used a drill made of flint heads to remove tooth enamel and rotting dental tissue and examination of recovered teeth and jawbones from the same time period suggest that this procedure was surprisingly effective. The Beginning of..


5 “Facts” About Dental Assisting That Just Aren’t True

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Dental assistant isn’t a job that, at first glance, isn’t that easy to understand. The job title is pretty open-ended and most people are more familiar with the responsibilities of their dentist, rather than their dentist’s assistant.   This has led to some misconceptions about exactly what a dental assistant does. Well, we at Northwest want to debunk some of those myths and emphasize that dental assistants are a vital part of any dental team. Becoming a Dental Assistant is Easy While it is true that it is possible to become a dental assistant without first attending a formal dental..


What Is The Difference Between A Dental Technician, Assistant, And Hygienist?

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Are you interested in a career in dentistry? You don’t have to be a dentist to reap the benefits of this exciting and rewarding field. There are many excellent job prospects at various levels of this industry. Three of the most common roles in the dental field are Dental Techs, Dental Assistants, and Dental Hygienists. In this blog post, you’ll earn the difference between each of these roles and find out which one is right for you! What is a Dental Tech? Dental Techs, also known as Dental Technicians, work in a laboratory environment and construct, fit, and repair dental..


The Importance of Vocational Training

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Vocational training and education are designed to prepare students for specialized occupations with technical training in the skills essential to the trade. Here at Northwest we strongly believe that real-world experience is just as important in building your skillset as classroom teaching is, which is why we offer an externship with nearly all of our courses and our instructors all have a wealth of real-world experience to offer. Real-World Experience Vocational training is all about gaining the necessary skills and techniques to succeed in a specific industry. Classes at a vocational school, like practical dental assistant training courses, give students..