convenient dental assisting schools in Colorado springs?

Question by Shally: convenient dental assisting schools in Colorado springs?
I live in Colorado springs. Which schools are best to attend to become a dental assistant? Westwood college sounds convincing but the campus is in denver, which I don’t mind commuting up there for my education, but is there any convenient dental assisting schools here in the springs with good credentials? If so, which schools would they be?

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Answer by jannsody
Please be aware that westwood is ONLY nationally accredited as opposed to the minimum regional accreditation. Their “student recruiters” are actually “sales reps” who get a commission for every student that signs up with the school 🙂 They’re one of those private For-profit schools. Therefore, their course credits usually do NOT transfer to other schools, even if the for-profit school is regionally accredited.

Just an fyi that the school that you’d mentioned is also *not* on the list of programs accredited by the “American dental association” (ADA), anyway.

There are a few community colleges accredited by the ADA in your state of residence. They’re usually a lot more affordable than those for-profit schools.

Here is the link to search for accredited DA programs: http://ada.org/5500.aspx

Before taking prerequisite courses for DA, please look through and peruse some dental textbooks, such as those found at the local community college library (that offers DA or dental hygiene) or the local dental/medical school library. Some dental patients may have severe dental disease which can be tough for some to handle.

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Mouthwash Is Not The Complete Answer To Bad Breath

Answer To Bad Breath

Answer To Bad Breath

If you are like most people then somewhere in your bathroom is a bottle of mouthwash.  You might use it occasionally when you want to cover up the bad breath of some strongly flavored food you have just eaten or use it everyday as part of your oral care routine.  No matter your reason for using mouthwash it is important to understand that it does not really stop bad breath because it does not kill the bacteria in your mouth that are the underlying cause.  Used properly, however, it can be part of the solution.

 

Whatever your favorite brand of mouthwash may be it will likely contain a very high percentage of alcohol unless you have objections and have specifically sought out an alcohol free mouthwash.  Many people are seeking out these new products in an attempt to avoid the alcohol and new products are entering the market making it easier to find an alternative.  Even this high level of alcohol, however, does not kill off oral bacteria but is rather used to facilitate the action of the other main ingredients.  Certain substances such as essential oils will not dissolve in water and thus alcohol must be used in order to keep them in solution and allow them to get to the areas of your mouth where they are needed to aid in the removal of plaque.  The high levels of alcohol in mouthwash have been accused of drying out your mouth if used too frequently and encouraging the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath but studies have shown that this is not the case.

 

If you are like most people, your first concern is not what the ingredients are in your mouth wash but rather whether or not it really works to help you.  Mouthwash can be a very effective part of a daily oral hygiene regimen and help to prevent other conditions such as gingivitis, but as a treatment for bad breath mouthwash simply acts as a cover up and a short term one at that.  To get rid of the bacteria in your mouth that release sulfur containing compounds that are at the source of most bad breath problems requires a complete plan of attack that includes brushing several times a day, flossing at least daily, and the use of a mouthwash or rinse to aid in removing the food particles and bacteria from the mouth that brushing and flossing have loosened.  The tongue is a chief growth area for bacteria so many people also add a tongue scraper to their routine to aid even further in getting rid of the bacteria.

 

Mouthwash should be treated as part of the solution if you are suffering from bad breath, but not the entire solution.  It can give you that fresh mouth feeling for a short period of time but the problem will return if you do not eliminate the source.  Make sure that you choose a mouthwash that has been approved by the ADA and has a pleasant, agreeable taste.  Choosing a mouthwash that you enjoy will ensure its continued use as part of a well rounded oral care program that will encourage healthy teeth and a healthy mouth.

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affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?

Question by Jazmin: affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?
I live in san jose and have been looking for vocational dental schools/training. dont want any real expensive places like Heald, Carrington, Everest etc. please help!

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Answer by jannsody
You’re smart to want to avoid those private For-profit schools such as heald, Everest, devry and Carrington. If the local community college (or county vo-tech adult school for dental assistant) has an accredited program from the “American dental association”, those schools are usually more affordable and reputable.

Before taking pre-req courses for dental assisting or dental hygiene, please look through and peruse some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers DA or DH or the local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which may be tough for some to handle. If you haven’t done some job shadowing, please find out about that as well.

For accredited programs in DA or DH: http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx

U.S. colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

General career info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh and can search.

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