Dental assistants help dentists with patient care, office tasks, and lab duties. They work closely with dentists as they examine and treat patients. They make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair. They obtain dental records and prepare patients for their exam.

Dental assistants hand instruments and materials to dentists during procedures. They use suction devices to keep patients' mouths dry and clear. They also sterilize the instruments and equipment and prepare tray set-ups. When patients have surgery, dental assistants instruct them in postoperative care. They also teach patients about general oral health care, such as how to control plaque. In addition, they record exam and treatment information in patients' charts.

Dental Assistants are an essential part of the dental health team in the delivery of preventative and restorative dentistry. The continuing demand for dental assistants makes this a field with many opportunities for productive careers.

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