Dental assistants are required to perform both laboratory and office duties in patient care. Assistant job requirement does not allow these candidates to perform the tasks of a dental hygienist or a dentist. Assistants work with professional dentists or take up employment in State or Federal hospitals or dental care homes.
Candidates willing to take up responsibility as a dental assistant need to go through a training course from a technical institute, junior college, trade schools, or the Armed Forces. High school students aspiring careers in dental assistance should opt for health, biology, and chemistry. A proper understanding of these subjects helps in proper understanding of dental job & Education requirements.
In certain States in US dental assistants must be registered or licensed. Their job requirements demand that they are dexterous and have thorough understanding of radiological processes. For getting a universal recognition across United States an examination in Radiation Health and Safety taken by Dental Assisting National Board is imperative. In few states however, dental job requirement demands passing a state approved radiology course.
From behavioural side a dental assistant needs to be patient and co-operative. Sensitive approach towards patients helps in becoming a successful assistant. Opportunities exist for dental assistants to become dental hygienists.