Dental Terminology Cheat Sheet

**Please note: this is not a full list of dental terminology. Students will be tested on a wider variety of terms. Dental science, like any other field of medicine, has a vast amount of its own unique terms. Like other medical terminology, dental terms are best learned by breaking them down into their component parts. Dental terminology has three basic parts (not all of which are used in every word): the prefix, root, and suffix. Common Dental Terms Defined Apicoectomy – Root: Apical (root). Suffix: -ectomy  (surgery).  Meaning: Root end surgery. Bicuspid – Prefix: Bi – (two). Root: Cuspid (having

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Dental Assistant Tools and Technology

Dental Assistant is a job which has been steadily growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that there will be 58,000 new jobs by the year 2024. This position represents an amazing opportunity for your future. However, becoming a Dental Assistant is about more than classes: there are a variety of tools and technologies that you must first master. Dental Assistant Tools One of the most basic dental assistant tools you will learn to use at Milwaukee Career College are dental mirrors. They allow you to more fully survey a patient’s mouth and to reflect light to

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Communication an important skill for dental assistants

Communication is an important sill for Dental assistants. Dental assistants must have skills in performing various oral procedures, but there is also a need for dental assistant to be able to communicate effectively with patients. Part of good communications comes from having a solid knowledge of dental concepts and confidence in that knowledge. However, dental assistants should also be good at communicating directly with patients on how they can properly care for their teeth when they are home and answer questions that a patient might have after a dentist visit. Students of the dental assistant training program at Milwaukee Career

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Dental Assisting — What I’ve Learned

Dental assisting will teach you some important lessons. Learning office procedures, adapting your work style to fit the dentist’s needs, and adjusting to the needs of the individual patient is often something young dental assistants struggle with. Melissa Ibarra has been a dental assistant for eight years and says young and aspiring dental assistants often struggle with how to best make those adjustments and for finding the maximum level of success right out of the gate. Here are her top pieces of advice: Don’t get frustrated if you struggle in the beginning: In any job, there is a learning curve,

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4 Ways Dental Assistants Can Make Patients Feel More Comfortable

Being a patient can be hard. A visit to the dentist is stressful for most people. The thought of all those mysterious dental instruments, screeching drills, and numbing needles are scary enough on the table, let alone inside one’s mouth. And then there’s the fear of the pain resulting in dental work. So, it is important for a dental assistant to calm the patient and make them feel more comfortable before the dentist begins. Here are 4 proven ways dental assistants can make their patients feel more comfortable. 1.  Engage The Patient Create an inviting environment from the second the

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Blogs to Help You Thrive in Dental Assistant Training

Online articles are becoming a major part of our daily routines. Amongst your daily dose of local and national news and your just-for-fun blogger obsessions should be a little dental assistant news. Whether you are a professional dental assistant or a student in a dental assistant training program, there is a blog for you! Keep reading to find your new dental assistant blog obsession

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