With all sorts of reasons to celebrate in March … St. Patrick’s Day, National Women’s History Month, National Food Nutrition Month, Pecan Month (that’s a good one!), there are two we bet you’ve never heard of, that are adored by the people who keep your teeth healthy – yes, us! First, on March 6th, there’s Dentist’s Day, but kicking off the month beginning on March 2nd, and rolling through March 8th, there is Dental Assistant Recognition Week. Dental assistants are the glue that keeps a dental office together, and are a tremendous asset in keeping your kids calm at the office. Let’s learn more about how they can help you and your family.
How Your Dental Assistant Works With You During An Appointment
- By taking and developing dental radiographs (X-rays): This is a great time to learn about digital X-rays and what they allow a dentist to see. Ask questions and learn about what’s going on in a child’s mouth! X-rays are cool!
- Getting an accounting of your child’s medical history: Your dental assistant is your initial connection with your dentist. Be sure to keep them abreast of any new medications or supplements you may be taking since your last appointment, so the doctor knows if any treatment adjustments need to be made on your behalf. As an extra precaution, be sure to ask the doctor if they were able to look over your updated drug and supplement information before they begin their work.
- Serving as an infection control officer: This is one reason to love your dental assistant! They help keep your children safe by preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment that will be used to work on their teeth and gums.
- Helping keep your kids comfortable before, during and after dental treatment: Enough said!
- Providing follow-up care instructions: Knowing what to do after your child has visited the dentist is just as important as knowing what to do beforehand. Your dental assistant will give you all of this info so you’re in good shape once you leave.
- Teaching your kids good oral care habits: Simple visual guidelines for tooth brushing and flossing are one of the dental assistant’s specialties – ask them to demonstrate!
- Taking impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts: When your child’s retainer, bridge, or mouth guard fits perfectly, you can thank your dental assistant.
So, there you have it, a dental assistant is your ongoing ally – thank them often! And, if you just happen to be in the office the first week of March, be sure to thank them for their help all year round!