What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

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Dental Assistant Job Description

Dental Assistants Duties

Dental Office Administrative Assistant DutiesClinical Dental Assistant Duties
Data entryRadiograph (X-Rays) Assistance
Electronic RecordkeepingPatient Assessment Tasks
Insurance Claim ManagementSterilization
Appointment SchedulingEquipment Maintenance
Billing & CodingClinical Procedures
Customer ServiceLaboratory Duties
ComputingInfection Control
Using Software ProgramsCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Mississippi Radiology Requirements

Mississippi Radiology Permit Requirements

More than 12 months before applyingGraduate from a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and provide proof of employment administering radiographs within the 5 years prior to applying.
Within 12 months prior to applyingGraduate from a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
Within 90 days prior to applyingComplete a radiology seminar approved by the Mississippi Board and pass the exam.
Prior to applicationPossess a current Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Advanced Dental Assistant Duties

Advanced DutiesDescription
Sealant ApplicationSealing teeth with a plastic substance to protect them from bacteria and food particles that can cause cavities.
Topical Anesthetic ApplicationApplying topical anesthetic in a patient’s mouth to numb a specific area in preparation for a procedure.
Coronal PolishingRemoval of plaque and other soft deposits to make teeth look cleaner.
Fluoride ApplicationApplying fluoride directly to the teeth to prevent cavities.

Administrative Dental Assistant vs. Clinical Dental Assistant

An administrative dental assistant will focus on an office’s administrative tasks such as greeting patients, organizing office records, and other clerical tasks. A clinical dental assistant will help dentists and dental hygienists with treatment procedures.

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