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If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that good health is essential to well-functioning life. These days, we also understand how important one’s oral health is to one’s overall health and well-being. This means brushing and flossing every day and limiting sugary treats that harm our teeth (and waistline!). Seeing the dentist twice a year is crucial to keeping your smile and body in top condition.

At the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia in Colonial Heights, we teach and train future dental assistants, who will be an important asset to any dental-related practice. Dentists can’t fully do their work without the help of good dental assistants. If you are looking for a career path that makes you an essential worker to any dental practice, consider enrolling in our 13-week course!

One of the important areas that you will need to learn about is oral anatomy. You will need to understand how your job helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease in your patients. This means learning how the mouth functions, the layers inside the teeth and what problems can arise if oral hygiene care is neglected. 

Oral Anatomy 

As the first step in digesting the nutrients in food, the teeth play a vital role. They bite off and chew the food that will eventually get to the stomach where the food is finished being broken down and digested, delivering the nutrients to the rest of the body. If the mouth is compromised, with bad teeth or gum disease or other medical problems, things can go wrong. The mouth, teeth, tongue and salivary glands need to function before the food can travel down the esophagus to get to the stomach. You’ll want to know all about healthy oral anatomy delves to help dental patients prevent problems, such as oral lesions, progressive gum disease, oral cancer, bruxism which wears down tooth enamel, bite alignment and even extracting wisdom teeth,

At our school, you will learn the essentials of oral anatomy and oral structures and how they impact oral hygiene health to help your dental patients thrive. 

13-Week Course

Your dental assistant training will involve completing a 78-hour lecture series so you understand the essential topics you will need to build a knowledgeable foundation and complete our 50-hour internship program. Upon graduation, you will be all set to work in the d dental field of your choice, whether for a dental, orthodontic, periodontic or endodontic practice.

Call us today!

If this training appeals to you, we invite out to reach out to our dental assisting training team at 804-526-0231 today. Dr. Schleicher and our team are excited to get you started in this highly successful dental assisting field!