Over the past 50 years, New Yorkers have dramatically improved their oral health, according to the New York State Department of Health. Some of the credit goes to the important work of dental professionals across the state, including dental assistants. In fact, helping other people improve their health and their smiles gives dental assistants plenty to smile about themselves. Here’s what they told us they love most about their jobs.
Since patients often come to the office every three to six months for checkups and procedures, it’s easy to get to know many of them on a more personal level. Dental professionals often report that they have gotten to know patients, their families, and their stories over the years. Having these bonds with patients can help you look forward to going to work.
Dental assistants help perform preventative treatments and assist with procedures that improve their patients’ oral health. Some patients may come in with painful conditions. By correcting issues, dental assistants can have a direct impact on patients’ quality of life. Making a difference is rewarding, both personally and professionally.
Improving someone’s smile
Dental assistants also work in orthodontic offices, which means they help straighten and brighten patients’ smiles. Every orthodontic adjustment brings patients one step closer to a beautiful smile. Dental assistants say that it’s not unusual for patients who once hid their teeth to walk out and show off their new smile with confidence.
Having pride in their profession
Nedeina S., a graduate of the dental program at St Paul's School of Nursing, in Staten Island, N.Y., says becoming a dental assistant has benefited herself and her family. Completing her program helped her prove to herself and others that she can accomplish whatever she puts her mind to.
“My family loved my achievements, and my daughter is thinking about becoming a hygienist,” she says. “No matter where you come from, no matter the struggle you've been through, there's nothing you can't do.”
Would you like a career that makes you smile? Schedule a tour at St. Paul’s School of Nursing and learn more about our program that will prepare you for an entry-level job as a dental assistant. Simply visit the Dental page on the school’s website, or call (855) 822-3018 for more information.