Careers in Dentistry


What does a dental assistant do?

  • Assists the dentist with a variety of treatment procedures -working with dental instruments and material
  • Helps patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
  • Takes and processes x-rays
  • Prepares and sterilizes instruments and equipment
  • Communicates with patients, other health professionals, dental suppliers, business contacts and insurers
  • Performs a variety of office management tasks

What does a dental hygienist do?

  • Performs patient screening procedures
  • Teaches patients how to practice good oral hygiene
  • Applies preventive materials such as fluorides and sealants to the teeth
  • Counsels patients regarding good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • Removes calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from the teeth

What Does a Dentist Do?

  • Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth and mouth
  • Improve a patient’s appearance by using a variety of cosmetic dental procedures
  • Perform surgical procedures such as implants, tissue grafts and extractions
  • Educate patients on how to better care for their teeth and prevent oral disease
  • Teach future dentists and dental hygienists
  • Perform research directed to improving oral health and developing new treatment methods
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