Smile About Dental Assistants Recognition Week
Every year, the first week of March, Dental Assistants get the recognition they deserve with Dental Assistants Recognition Week. This is a week where we get to acknowledge all that they do for dentists as well as patients. Dental assistants are important to our community and play a central role in almost every dental practice.
This year Dental Assistants Recognition Week takes place March 3-9. The ADA Council on Dental Practice encourages everyone to acknowledge the commitment and dedication to the profession. This year, the American Dental Assistants Association has chosen a theme to acknowledge the importance of a dental assistant’s role in dentistry, “Today’s Dental Assistant — Polished, Poised and Professional.”
According to Dr. Stacey K. Van Scoyoc, chair of the Council on Dental Practice, “Every day is a good day to recognize our dental assistants for their unique and diverse contributions to the delivery of great care for our patients… Dental assistants are vital to the success of the dental practice and it’s exciting that careers in dental assisting continue to diversify and expand… Dental assistants do much more than work chairside with the dentist. They take X–rays, schedule patients, sterilize instruments, order supplies, manage the day-to-day business of the office, provide patient instruction, contact benefits administrators and sales representatives, to name a few of the tasks in their job description. The dental assistants in my practice allow me to serve my patients with the highest quality of care and customer service.”
The growing importance of dentistry’s role in health care and the responsibilities of dental assistants is recognized by most North American Dental Associations such as the ADA, American Dental Assistants Association, Canadian Dental Assistants Association, and Canadian Dental Association. Every year during Dental Assistants Recognition Week, the ADAA encourages dental assistants to tout their activities and successes and submit them for possible publication in The Dental Assistant, the ADAA journal.
In addition, throughout Dental Assistants Recognition Week, many dental assistants will celebrate with fun events and other team activities. They also show their gratitude to their dental assistants with nice gifts like luncheons, flowers or treats.
If you are interested in becoming a dental assistant, then consider going to Milwaukee Career College (MCC). At MCC, you’ll study with dental professionals that give you hands-on training with dental tools and technology. MCC is a great place to become a dental assistant. If you have any questions about becoming a dental assistant, don’t hesitate to contact MCC. One phone call can change your life. In just over a year, you can have a great new career full of growth and opportunity.