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Pediatric Dental Assisting

Become a Pediatric Dental Assistant

Pediatric Dental Assisting Program WisconsinMany students question whether pediatric dental assisting requires additional training or whether there are separate programs offered.  The answer is no. While different states have different regulations regarding what duties a pediatric dental assistant can perform, their certification is the same.  The ADA makes no distinction between pediatric dental assistants and regular dental assistants. In addition to certain levels of skillset, on-the-job training is the best experience one can achieve in building their pediatric resume.

Pediatric Dental Assistant Job and Skill Requirements

Communication Skills

Having a calm disposition and a good rapport with young children are leading skills required in pediatric dental assistants. Possessing a higher level of communication skills provides the ability to talk effectively to children of all ages. It’s also prudent to be able to communicate with parents as well and be able to discuss preventative care for their children’s teeth. Helping young children feel comfortable is the number one skillset required as a pediatric dental assistant.

Dental Assistant Pediatric Duties

While the duties of a PDA will vary from office to office, overall they are very similar to a dental assistant with the exception of the following:

  • Applying fluoride treatments
  • Teaching young patients about oral hygiene in an effective manner
  • Applying dental sealants
  • Modifying equipment settings to accommodate the wide-range of patient sizes

Specialty Dental Assistant Jobs

There are other areas of dentistry in which dental assistants can to branch out to and do not involve additional training. If you are interested in specialty dentistry, Weekend Dental Assistant School can provide the necessary information to help guild you in the right direction and make certain the dentistry field you choose is right for you.

Orthodontics Dental Assistants

Orthodontic Dental Assistant Job RequirementsOrthodontics dental assistants help orthodontists in a wide variety of patient care and procedures.  An assistant makes certain patients are comfortable at all times and prepare the patient’s mouth for orthodontist. Prepping can include cleaning, taking x-rays, photographs and even creating molds of the patient’s bite. Ensuring the necessary tools are sterilized and ready for use and assist with each use are additional responsibilities of a orthodontic dental assistant.

Hospital Dentistry Assistants

Hospital dentistry assistant specialists assistant dentists in a hospital ambulatory, impatient, recovery room or intensive care setting that provide dental care to medically compromised patients. This could include any of the following areas of specialty:

  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral surgery
  • Hospital dentistry

Duties can range from taking radiographs and panorex films to complete billing documents and verifying accuracy of charges and diagnosis. 

If you are interested in becoming a dental assistant, contact Weekend Dental Assistant School in Appleton, WI today for more information.
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