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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..


4 Ways To Put A Dental Patient At Ease

A dental assistant putting a dental patient at ease.

Dental care, while entirely necessary, can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience, ranging into actually unpleasant if tooth removal is required. While only a minority of people are actually phobic about the dentist, most are uncomfortable with the idea of dental procedures. As a dental administrative assistant, it will be your responsibility to collect accurate information from patients, which can be hard to do if they are agitated.   Putting the patient at ease will not only make your job easier, but also the help both the patient and the other staff. To help you accomplish this, we’ve put together four..


How To Handle Dental Office Emergencies

A female dental assistant conducting an examination on a male patient.

As a medical assistant, learning how to calmly and quickly react to an emergency situation is hugely important. Emergencies can occur in any professional setting, but the presence of medications, dental operations and the stress that dental procedures cause in some patients can increase the chances of you needing to deal with an accident or emergency in a dental practice. To give you a solid grounding in how to handle dental office emergencies we’ve put together the following tips.   Develop an Office Emergency Plan Having a solid plan in place to deal with dental office emergencies is the first..


How To Help With Pediatric Dental Patients

A dental assistant Helping Pediatric Dental Patient stay calm.

As every dental assistant knows it is much easier to treat patients when they feel comfortable. As a dental assistant, part of your responsibilities is to monitor patients during dental treatments for discomfort or distress. You can then use your interpersonal skills to calm them and put them at ease.   Pediatric dental patients come with their own unique set of challenges and require a certain approach in order to overcome those challenges. Communication can be more difficult that with adults and, although many people are wary about going to the dentist, a scared child can be very difficult to..


5 Must-Read Blogs For Dental Assistants

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A with any profession, it’s important that dental assistants keep up with the latest in industry developments and do their best to network with other professionals. One of the simplest ways to do this is to read dental assisting blogs, contributing to industry-relevant discussions and learn from the experts in the field of dentistry. Reading a dental blog could not be easier, you can just pop it up on your phone when you have a spare five minutes and here are 5 dental assistant blogs you should definitely be reading! Dental Assistant Life The Dental Assistant Life blog serves up..


How To Keep Your Patient Calm During A Dental Procedure

A woman looking at her dentist and smiling as she is about to undergo dental procedure.

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 Assisting Job

An American Dental Assistant giving the "all-okay" sign.

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 assisting job. Finding Your Dream Job Write..