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As a practicing dental office and a dental assisting training school, we support the ADA Council on Dental Practices who encourage us to recognize the important role dental assistants perform for our patients. This year’s theme is, “Dental Assistants — Our Heart Goes Into Every Smile”. We’ve seen firsthand how dental assistants support the health and happiness of both patients and the dental team. In fact, our dental office wouldn’t be the same without the energy, skills and excellence our dental assistants provide!

Why We Love Dental Assistants

-They give their all to our patients: It’s no secret that many patients struggle with dental anxiety often tempting them to skip their routine dental cleanings or having important dental work done. Dental assistants help patients feel comfortable and relaxed and ready to see the dentist for their treatment. A good dental assistant chats with the patient, reassuring them and helping them understand their treatment better.

-They assist the dentist during treatment: They know in advance what the dentist and patient need during the treatment. They know what comes next, handing the dentist any necessary tools, rinsing the patient’s mouth in between, and when the patient needs some extra reassurance.

-They help the procedure stay on the time scheduled: Whether getting the patient settled in the dental chair, keeping the dentist on track, rescheduling the patient, a good dental assistant will keep things flowing and on schedule so the dentist doesn’t run behind on the next patient. In fact, keeping the dentist on schedule is crucial to a successful practice operation!

-They keep the dental team on track: Dental assistants worth their salt help keep office managers, administrators and the rest of the team on track. This might mean helping out where needed and having a good working relationship with your co-workers/dental family. Creating good working relationships with co-workers is essential to keeping the day-to-day tasks flowing smoothly.

-They provide infection control: Keeping the practice safe is invaluable on a daily operational level, much less during a pandemic. This means ensuring federal infection prevention, control standards, and any related are implemented properly. Remember, a successful dental office often takes care of thousands of patients throughout the year so you will be sterilizing and disinfecting work areas. As a dental assistant, you are a front-line essential worker, keeping yourself, your dental team and your patients safe!

Don’t Wait, Call Today!

If you are excited about the prospect of becoming a dental assistant, our Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia team is eager to help! We train dental-assistants-to-be from Colonial Heights, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Chester, Chesterfield, Fort Lee, Prince George, Petersburg, Hopewell, Dinwiddie, and Richmond, Virginia. If you decide to enroll in our training program, you will join the many others who have gone before you to receive individual, hands-on training with our experienced dentist, Dr. Tom G. Schleicher and our team in a real dental practice! Call Tel: 804-526-0231 today!