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  Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and     

  scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dental assistants typically do the following:

  • Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair
  • Prepare patients and the work area for treatments and procedures
  • Sterilize dental instruments
  • Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures
  • Keep patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses and other equipment
  • Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene
  • Process x rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist
  • Keep records of dental treatments
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Work with patients on billing and payment

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Dental Assistants, 
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm (visited May 25, 2016).

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The library has the following items on Reserve at the Circulation Desk on North Campus for checkout.

Numbered tooth model

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2 puppets with teeth and oversize toothbrushes to use to instruct children on proper brushing technique

Picture of a puppet with teeth

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