Smile: It’s National Dental Hygiene Month!

Smile: It’s National Dental Hygiene Month!

If you’ve ever considered a career as a Dental Assistant, now’s the perfect time to learn about the field. October is National Dental Hygiene Month and serves as a conversation starter regarding the importance of good oral health. Did you know that over a lifetime, the average American will spend 38.5* days brushing their teeth? Or that one in every 1,000* babies is born with a tooth? There are a lot of fascinating facts about dental hygiene. Such as: almost 100,000** Dental Assistant jobs will be added across the country in the next seven years!

Dental Hygiene Month is the Perfect Time to Pursue Career Training!

You can get the training you need to succeed as a Dental Assistant at Lincoln Tech’s Lincoln, RI, and Somerville, MA campuses. Dental assistants play important roles promoting dental and oral care – which has shown more than ever to impact overall health. In this healthcare role, you can train to work side-by-side with dentists and patients to make sure dental procedures are performed smoothly and efficiently. You’re also there to help keep patients comfortable throughout the process. The Dental Assistant Training Program includes x-rays and radiography, dental anatomy, infection control, prosthodontics and more. Two externships will give you a total of 300 combined hours in a general dental practice and a specialty practice such as orthodontics, pediatrics, oral surgery, endodontics (root canal), and others.

Dexter, Lincoln Tech’s Dental Assistant, is Here to Help!

It’s important for students to learn how to perfect their skills before facing real-life scenarios with patients. No two patients are alike and while some may sit well for a cleaning, others may be scared or uncomfortable, making it difficult for the dental assistant to perform their job. That’s where Dexter comes in. Dexter is a tool that Lincoln Tech instructors use to help provide the most realistic training and his name stands for Dental X-ray Teaching Training Replica. Students are able to practice their x-ray and radiography skills on Dexter, by positioning his head and jaw just as they would a real patient. Dexter helps future Dental Assistants learn to correct positioning mistakes and perfect their technique before they begin externships and work with real patients. He also has a way of getting people to smile – perfect “on the job” training not just during Dental Hygiene Month, but all year-round!




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