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Job Title:   Dental Assistant
ONET Job Title:   Dental Assistants
Industry:   Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Job Type:   Full Time
Job Shift:   First Shift (Day)
Job Location:   St. Croix
Minimum Education:   High School Diploma
Career Level:   Entry Level
Minimum Experience:   Not Necessary
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Dental assistants Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentistsí offices where they work. Duties Dental assistants typically do the following: * Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair * Prepare patients and the work area for treatments and procedures * Sterilize dental instruments * Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures * Keep patientsí mouths dry by using suction hoses and other equipment * Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene * Process x rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist * Keep records of dental treatments * Schedule patient appointments * Work with patients on billing and payment Assistants who perform lab tasks, such as taking impressions of a patientís teeth, work under the direction of a dentist. They may prepare materials for dental impressions or to create temporary crowns. All dental assistants complete certain tasks, such as helping dentists with procedures and keeping patient records. Dental assistants are allowed to perform the following procedures in some states: * Coronal polishing * Sealant application * Fluoride application * Topical anesthetic application Coronal polishing, which means removing soft deposits such as plaque, gives teeth a cleaner appearance. In sealant application, a dental assistant paints a thin, plastic substance over teeth that seals out food particles and acid-producing bacteria to keep teeth from developing cavities. Fluoride application, in which fluoride is put directly on the teeth, is another anticavity measure. Some dental assistants may be qualified to apply topical anesthetic to an area of a patientís mouth, temporarily numbing the area to help prepare a patient for procedures. Each state regulates the scope of practice for dental assistants.

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Company Name: St. Croix dental
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