A Team Effort Improves Your Better Dental Health
Our team at Parkway Dental wants your mouth to be as healthy as possible if you live in Snellville, Lawrenceville, or other nearby communities in our part of Georgia.
That means supporting you through patient education and by providing quality care at our dentist office. To do that, we have to work together, and today we want to help you learn more about our team.
March 5-11 is Dental Assistants Recognition Week, and we know that our dental assistants are essential to what we do in our general and family dentistry. In honor of their contributions, we’d like to explain what dental assistants do.
What Is A Dental Assistant?
Dental assistants do a number of things for all our patients at Parkway Dental. You may not see all the things they do for you, but they are helping you (and our dentists) in a variety of ways.
Many times a dental assistant will help you get comfortable during your visit. This could include answering questions or providing you with comfort items such as a pillow or blanket.
Before a procedure begins, dental assistants make sure equipment has been sanitized and is ready for use. While the dentist does the work on your mouth, an assistant can provide tools as they are needed for a particular procedure.
Many dental assistants have been trained to take X-rays or to communicate with other health care providers on behalf of our patients.
What Training Is Needed To Become A Dental Assistant?
Our dental assistants are highly-trained and skilled at working with and on behalf of our patients.
Many dental assistants complete college-level courses to prepare for their careers although it is possible to qualify with on-the-job training as well.
What Is An Expanded Duties Dental Assistant?
An expanded duties dental assistant or EDDA has completed additional training to perform duties above and beyond that of a dental assistant.
In Georgia, the minimum requirements to become an expanded duties dental assistant include:
▪︎ Having a high school diploma or equivalent
▪︎ Having CPR certification
▪︎ And completing a certificate from a state-approved course regarding expanded duties
Those expanded functions can include things such as monitoring nitrous oxide and applying dental sealants depending on the specific courses completed by the EDDA.
Let Us Help With Your Oral Health
If you visit Parkway Dental in Snellville, GA, we believe you will enjoy getting to know our dental assistants as well as the rest of our team.
We believe that creating a comfortable and welcoming office makes it easier for our patients to receive the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care.
For us, preventive care including dental cleanings and examinations as well as patient education.
We encourage you and your family to visit us twice a year for professional dental cleanings. During your visits, a member of our team will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, clean between your teeth and gums, and polish your teeth to remove surface stains from your smile.
We also will be watching for problems like tooth decay and gum disease. We know that these can lead to bigger issues if they are left untreated. Early detection can nip these problems in the bud.
But patient education is equally important. If you visit our office twice a year, a lot can happen between visits.
While you are with us, we are happy to answer questions to help you improve your oral health at home.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing daily. But do you know how to brush and floss correctly?
The ADA suggests brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time. Be sure to scrub your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. And you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
If you aren’t sure how to floss, a member of our team will be happy to demonstrate the proper technique. If you don’t like flossing or find it uncomfortable, ask us about other options like flossers and water flossers to clean the spaces your toothbrush can’t reach.
Come See Us Soon
Whether you are a new patient or a returning patient, we hope to see you in the near future at our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
To make your appointment, call (770) 676-1122 or contact us online.