“Dental assistant career advancement opportunities have never been better in the United States than they are today, partly due to Americans obsession with keeping their own teeth as long as possible and having them look pearly white. Dental assistants perform a large variety of duties such as patient care, laboratory, and office duties. When patients come in, the dental assistant makes them comfortable, gives the dentist the patient’s dental records, and prepares the patient for treatment.
As the dentist examines his or her patient, the dental assistant works alongside and hand the necessary materials and instruments to the dentist, along with using a device such as suction to keep the patients mouth clear. It is the dental assistant’s job to disinfect and sterilize the dental equipment and instruments, prepare the needed instrument trays, and instruct patients on both general oral health and postoperative care. For experienced dental assistants, there is a number of dental assistance career advancement opportunities available to them.