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Can a dental assistant clean your teeth?
A dental assistant is a person that assist the dentist in chair side procedures. They often seat a patient, set up the room for procedures, expose and develops x-ray films, th…ey then clean the room sanitize and sterilize the used equipment.
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In the UK, you need to train as a dental nurse- a Level 3 NVQ in Oral Health care. This can be done at a college, or a teaching dental hospital (e.g. Newcastle dental Hospital…) whilst you work in practice (going to college/hospital on day release) or it can be carried out working fully within a dental hospital. The course is 2 years long, with coursework (portfolio) throughout and an exam. You will learn to mix materials, sterilise instruments, care for the patient, use suction to ensure the mouth is dry during dental procedures, process xrays, organise appointments, assist with treatments, learn policies and regulations, and much more. Cross infection control is 99% of the job, and you must be well presented and versatile at all times. You may also be required to do some reception/secretary work, so IT skills and telephone skills are necessary.
Dental assistant work with dentist. He works closely with patients and provides assistance to dentist during treatment procedures. He also take the x-ray and perform office ma…nagement. Generally dental assistants hold diploma in dental assistant.
Dental Assistants can POLISH teeth. Dental Assistant may not use hand scalers or Ultrasonic scalers unless they are RDAs. A certified dental assistant who is also CORONAL POLI…SH certified can perform child or adult prophylaxis (prophy or more commonly referred to as a "regular cleaning"). So, technically, yes Dental Assistants can clean teeth as long as it is the crown above the gum.
The following is written by and according to the U.S. Department of Labor and particular to a dental assistant. . Dental assistants work closely with, and under the supervisi…on of, dentists. Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. . Dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform different clinical tasks. . Dental assistants sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, and obtain patients' dental records. Assistants make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair and prepare them for treatment. During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance. They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices. They also instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care. . Dental assistants may prepare materials for impressions and restorations, take dental x rays, and process x-ray film as directed by a dentist. They also may remove sutures, apply topical anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth, remove excess cement used in the filling process, and place rubber dams on the teeth to isolate them for individual treatment. Some States are expanding dental assistants' duties to include tasks such as coronal polishing and restorative dentistry functions for those assistants that meet specific training and experience requirements. . Dental assistants with laboratory duties make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions, clean and polish removable appliances, and make temporary crowns. Those with office duties schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records, send bills, receive payments, and order dental supplies and materials. . Work environment. Dental assistants work in a well-lighted, clean environment. Their work area usually is near the dental chair so that they can arrange instruments, materials, and medication and hand them to the dentist when needed. Dental assistants must wear gloves, masks, eyewear, and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases. Assistants also follow safety procedures to minimize the risks associated with the use of x-ray machines. . About half of dental assistants have a 35- to 40-hour workweek. Most of the rest work part-time or have variable schedules. Depending on the hours of the dental office where they work, assistants may have to work on Saturdays or evenings. Some dental assistants hold multiple jobs by working at dental offices that are open on different days or scheduling their work at a second office around the hours they work at their primary office. . For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (U.S. Department of Labor) indicated directly below this answer section.
Well, it depends on the state regulations and the training the dental assistant has gotten. If your state allows DA's to clean teeth then it is only children's teeth.
yes dental assistants are paid to do those kinds of things as well as many other things, they can and in fact do clean childrens teeth.
Each state makes individual standards of care for dental professions in the field and there are several levels of licensed dental assistants such as a DA, QDA, and CDA. All st…ates do not allow dental assistants to clean adult teeth or use scalers to clean under the gingival tissue. Some states do allow assistants to polish or clean above the teeth on young children. Google your states board of dental examinars website to find out the restrictions. Only registered dental hygienist can do subgingival (under the gums) cleanings. Rdh's are like nurses and have had 2 to 4 years of college training and board licensing to be able to clean teeth verses a couple if weeks of dental assisting training just like a medical assistants training.
Dental assistants have the primary responsibility of working with the treating dentist in all auxiliary capacities the dentist may need while performing common dental procedur…es. These responsibilities can include but are not limited to cleaning and sanitizing dental operatory rooms pre and post procedure, taking dental X-rays as needed/prescribed by the dentist, setting up instrumentation and supplies for common dental procedures, manage suction throughout all dental procedures to ensure water/saliva build-up is not excessive in the patient's mouth, and ensuring all procedures are fast and efficient by handing any instrumentation or materials to the dentist as needed while working. There are many dental assisting schools throughout the nation that generally run between 6-12 months and some states may even require a person to complete such a program in order to be licensed. Not all states require dental assistants to be licensed by the state but as some do the state dental board should be contacted in a specific states to determine if a license is needed and what qualifications must be completed. Pay for dental assistants is usually based on an hourly wage ranging anywhere from $8 - $18/ hour. The main function of a dental hygienist is to perform the cleaning of a patient's teeth by removing all plaque and calculus build-up both above and below the gumline. Hygienists are also responsible for informing patients of possible problematic areas of dental hygiene that may be present and instruct patients on proper technique and frequency of proper dental home care. Dental hygienists are different from dental assistants in that there work is generally performed independently without a dentist or assistant being present. That being said, hygienists can not legally clean a patient's teeth until the patient has been seen by a dentist who will diagnose a patients oral health status and prescribe the proper form of cleaning needed. Dental hygienists are required to be licensed in all states and must graduate from an accredited hygiene educational program (generally 2 years after all prerequisite classes have been taken) prior to becoming licensed. This differs from dental assistants where graduation from a dental assisting program is not always required to be able to work. Pay for dental hygienists can be either salaried, hourly or production based but generally average out to be anywhere from $25 - $45/hour depending on where you are living. Both dental hygienists and dental assistants are integral parts of any dental office team and are invaluable in befriending and educating patients about procedures that may be needed.
That is generally a job of a dental assistant to help clean teeth.
Do not rinse mouth for 24 hours after surgery. After 24 hours rinse mouth with warm, salted water which should continue for 3 to 4 days, every 3 to 4 hours. You also shoul…d not spit, use a straw or brush your teeth with toothpaste for the first 24 hours.
If your dentist tells you you absolutely need a teeth cleaning and writes the insurance company they will cover their portion of the cleaning.
Check your states scopes on what dental assistance are allowed to do. Each state is different.