The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 11.2 percent employment growth for dental assistants between 2018 and 2028. In that period, an estimated 38,700 jobs should open up.
Dental assistants prepare patients for treatments and teeth cleanings, plus sterilize instruments. You may think every scrub-wearing worker in the dentist’s office is either a dentist or dental hygienist. Some of them are, but some of the other professionals performing integral tasks in running the office and facilitating care are actually dental assistants. They often assist dentists during procedures by using suction equipment to clear patients’ mouths. Dental assistants might also process oral X-rays and help maintain patient records. Depending on their licensing and certification, dental assistants might help with fluoride and sealant applications and polishing teeth and dentures.
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