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When it comes to dental assisting, training for the job involves a solid understanding of oral anatomy so you can better assist patients and your dental team while performing your tasks. Understanding how the mouth works, the individual components like the teeth which consist of layers, and what can go wrong, are all essential aspects of being a great dental assistant.

When it comes to the teeth which are comprised of layers with each tooth type being different, all play a unique role in the chewing function. Oral anatomy covers the various parts of the mouth and how they work together. For example, the mouth is the beginning of the digestive system and the salivary glands which aren’t a part of the oral cavity work with the teeth and tongue to secrete saliva that facilitates the digestion process.

Oral anatomy training also covers potential problems and disorders of the mouth and how they impact the teeth and gums:

-Oral cancer
-Oral lesions
-Gum, gum and periodontal disease
-Wisdom teeth impaction
-Malocclusion
-Bruxism

In oral anatomy training, you’ll also delve into the essentials of oral hygiene so you can support your dental patients in the office. Whether you are learning about tooth enamel, dentin, cementum or pulp, understanding how these work will help you assist your team when problems arise.

At the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia, we provide our students with a thorough understanding of basic oral anatomy and the structures of the mouth that you will encounter in your dental assisting work. This comprehensive knowledge will prepare you to observe and record data for patients. Your training includes a 78-hour lecture series that goes over a wide range of topics to give you the foundation and the knowledge you need when you enter into the 50-hour internship program we provide.

When you finish all of the requirements in our program, you will be certified to serve as a dental assistant and prepared to work efficiently in the industry. You will be qualified to work as a dental assistant in either a general dental office, or an orthodontic, endodontic, or periodontic office. Our graduates are qualified to assist dentists, dental hygienists and other oral care providers, whether you are performing clerical duties such as scheduling patients, filing, sterilizing or preparing equipment or developing X-rays or radiographs.

If you live or work in any of the communities around the Colonial Heights, Virginia, area and are considering expanding your skills in the field of dental assisting, we invite you to call 804-526-0231. One of our representatives at the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia will be happy to answer your questions and get you started on your new career!