American Dental Association study bolsters value of fluoride
The study, developed by the staff of the VA Office of Dentistry and published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, highlighted an inverse relationship between fluoride performance measures (PM) and the need for …
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American Dental Association Report to Congress Addresses Barriers to Access
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /True Blue Tribune/ – The American Dental Association (ADA) today released its inaugural “Action for Dental Health: Report to Congress” which recognizes the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Action for Dental Health …
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ADA Foundation research facility formally dedicated as Dr. Anthony Volpe …
Members of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors and the American Dental Association Board of Trustees, along with representatives from Colgate-Palmolive Company and staff and researchers from the VRC, recently gathered for the ceremony.
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Becoming a Dental Assistant offers you a great career working with people. You will generally be working under one or more dentists. This type of career will allow you to interact with many people as well as get to see various dental procedures take place first hand. This profession allows you the opportunity to participate in providing dental care as well as comfort to patients.
Dental Assistants are often confused with Dental Hygienist. They perform different dental procedures. Dental Assistants help both dentists and hygienist. A Dental Hygienist cleans patient’s teeth while the dentist performs procedures including fillings and bridges.
Dental Assistants are in huge demand all over the Nation. It is anticipated that Dental Assistants will be among the fastest growing occupations between now and 2012. This means you will have job opportunities available most anywhere you choose to live. The pay for Dental Assistants varies by region, but is generally several dollars above minimum wage. Being a Dental Assistant will allow you to decide if you want to pursue a career as a tech, dental hygienist, or a dentist. You will get to see first hand just what such jobs entail.
Employment as a Dental Assistant will help guarantee you job with normal hours of operation. This is very important, especially if you have a family you want to be spending your evenings and weekends with. In addition, you will generally have paid Holidays off as well. Most Dental Assistants receive a large discount on dental care for themselves, their spouse, and their children. This can be a great perk of the job that saves you a large sum of money in the end.
Some of the duties Dental Assistants will perform include assisting with dental procedures, setting up dental rooms, performing X-rays, and completing lab work. The exact procedures you will be able to perform will depend on the licensing requirements in your state as well as the needs of the dental office you choose to work in. It is important to ask what procedures you will be performing during a job interview if a complete job description is not provided for you.
If you enjoy working with people, having a daily routine that varies, and have excellent communication skills, then a career as a Dental Assistant might be right for you. Since you will be dealing with the public and other dental professionals throughout your day, the ability to communicate is going to make a big impact on how successful you will be as a Dental Assistant.
Generally, the certification program for Dental Assistant is 1 year. The exact length of the program depends on your state requirements and the program you are enrolling in. In some states, you can be trained on the job in as little as three months. Most states require you to pass a Dental Assistant Exam for certification.
Since technology and dental procedures continually improve, you will need to keep up with these changes as a Dental Assistant. Generally, such educational needs and trainings will be set up by your employer for you to attend at no charge.
Becoming a Dental Assistant can be a fun and rewarding career for individuals with a desire to help others, provide comfort, and who has excellent communication skills. The amount of employment opportunities in the field are numerous, with the numbers continuing to climb as more and more people focus on the importance of good oral hygiene.
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Fulfilling, rewarding career continues for altruistic dentist
He came to the United States — with just $ 18 in his pocket — at a young age to work at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, first in Youngstown and then in Campbell, to make a better life for his family. He left behind in Italy his wife, Gemma, pregnant with …
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Emory Confronts a Legacy of Bias Against Jews
Yet instead of fighting back, Mr. Brickman and his friends searched for other dental schools and swallowed a shame that lasted decades. “Your parents said, 'Why didn't you work harder?' ” Mr. Brickman, 80, recalled recently. “My mother said, 'What have …
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John Monfredo: Dental Care Improving Lives in Worcester Schools
As schools review their data on absenteeism, many are finding out that one of the reasons children are missing school is due to tooth decay. According in information coming out from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, over 52 million school …
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SIU School of Dental Medicine offers free dental care to children
SIU School of Dental Medicine offers free dental care to children Heather Ficek AlestleLive.com | 0 comments. Thanks to the SIU School of Dental Medicine and two tooth fairies, children are able to receive dental care absolutely free annually. The …
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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?
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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