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Can a dental assistant clean your teeth?
No a dental assistant can not clean teeth. Every state is different and some states will allow certain trained assistants to polish children's teeth but most do not.
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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 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.
I am a Dental Assistant in a northern suburb of Atlanta and earn 23 dollars an hour but do not have health insurance, receiving periodic bonuses of 200 dollars.
Expanded functions are specific areas that need additional training, as a dental assistant, you will learn basic skills like tool names, product names, and definitions. You wi…ll take additional classes to take x-rays, impressions, learn to clean teeth or do sealants (a plastic product put in the pits and fissures of molars to help prevent decay) all of these are called expanded functions. Above and beyond your simple basic training. I am a dental assistant and I strongly suggest getting this training before applying for a job. It is well worth your money.
It is actually the choice of being a certified dental assistant or a REGISTERED dental assistant. The difference in the two, is that if you are a CDA you have taken an exam ad…ministered by the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board), and if you are an RDA then you have taken an exam administered by your state dental board. I am an expanded-functions RDA and can get a good job anywhere in the state, but I wish to travel to another state and still be in the career of dental assisting then I would need to get my CDA. :) So in conclusion, it really only matters if you are planning on traveling.
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.
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.
It is possible if the assistant is within contact with blood from an individual who is infected. This is why great precautionary training is critical, and this is why eye prot…ection, masks, and gloves are worn. It is unlikely, still precautions most be taken.
no a felon cannot become a dental assistant
You have much more opportunity as a LVN/PN and make much better money. hope i helped u
Here are some differences. First, their responsibilities: Dental assistants are responsible for assisting the dentist in whatever procedure he/she may be doing. Th…is includes preparing the room and the patient, setting up whatever instruments and supplies will be needed, exposing any necessary x-rays, etc. Assistants also take many dental impressions and make temporary restorations that the patient will wear until the permanent restorations are ready. Assistants also provide a second (and sometimes a third) set of hands during dental procedures. Assistants use air, water, and suction to keep the surgical fields clear, they pass instruments to the dentist, they retract tissue, and they do whatever else is necessary to allow the dentist to provide the best possible care to the patient. Often, the assistant will answer any patient questions and give the patient post-operative instructions. Hygienists are primarily responsible for providing preventive dental services (dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, etc.) and non-surgical treatment of gum disease, usually at the direction of the dentist. Hygienists remove tartar and plaque from below the gum line with a combination of hand and power instruments. Hygienists are often the primary source of patients' dental education in the office. A second difference is their respective levels of education. In most jurisdictions, dental assistants legally require no formal education beyond on-the-job training. Some states require some formal training through accredited courses to provide some advanced services. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed. This means they have at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited school of dental hygiene, have passed a national written exam, and demonstrated some degree of clinical competence. Most states allow dental hygienists to administer local anesthetics and nitrous oxide sedation provided they have the proper training. Because of their higher education requirements and their licensure, dental hygienists generally command a higher salary than dental assistants.
I use to work as a dental assistant, I was getting paid 14.36. This is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I started out with 11.00 two years later I was at 14.36 with benefits. 11.00… is what they started me with no experience; this is an excellent career choice. But overall all businesses vary with their salary amount.
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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.
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