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Dental Assistant

Dental AssistantDental Assistants work as team members along with dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. Assistants prepare patients for treatment and examinations and assure that dental records, supplies, and instruments are ready for the dentists to use. Assistants help the dentist at chair-side by handing instruments and materials to the dentists and keeping patients comfortable and relaxed. They also prepare patients for x-rays, take x-rays, process films, sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, take impressions, and instruct patients in post-treatment care.

Educational Programs/Qualifications

Completion of an accredited Dental Assistant training program is preferred. Fingerprint clearance may be required by employer.

Links to Additional Career Information

Dental Board of California

California Dental Assistants Association

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