Smoking is harmful to a person’s teeth, which is why dental professional urge their patients to avoid tobacco products.

Back in March, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids held its annual Kick Butts Day, which was a good time for dental professionals and dental assistants to remind patients and community leaders about the importance of tobacco prevention for young people.

“According to the Washington, D.C.-based organization, every day more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers,”reports the American Dental Association. “Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 400,000 people every year.”

Since 1996, Kick Butts Day has been observed as a national day of activism that empowers youth to raise awareness about the tobacco problem, encourage peers to be tobacco free and support effective solutions to reduce tobacco use. More than 1,000 events in schools and communities worldwide are planned this year, the ADA reports. Organizers encourage teachers, youth leaders and health advocates to plan events to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community; encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry marketing and stay tobacco free; and urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Other steps have been taken to discourage smoking, including a move last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which launched its new campaign, The Real Cost, a national public education campaign targeting 12-17 year-olds with “real cost” messages about cosmetic, oral and other health consequences of tobacco use.

“ADA policy supports FDA regulation of all tobacco products as authorized by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act, including those with risk reduction or exposure reduction claims, explicit or implicit, and any other products offered to the public to promote reduction in or cessation of tobacco use,” the ADA stated in a press release. “ADA’s National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation supports the launch [of] an ongoing, extensive paid media campaign to help Americans quit using tobacco.”

Dental assistants play a major role in helping patients improve their oral health care and that includes offering suggestion and tips for how they can take better care of their teeth and mouth. Abstaining from smoking is one of the best things patients can do to care for their mouth and dental assistants often encourage patients to avoid smoking.

The push to decreasing smoking rates comes at a time when the dental industry is experiencing rapid growth. This growth includes a growing demand for dental assistants, especially those with professional training from a quality school.

Dental assistants do more than just advising patients on oral health tips. They also perform various procedures and assist a dentist and other dental professionals. Dental assistants are needed in a variety of dental facilities and employers are looking for those dental assistants with professional training and experience.

Working as a dental assistant can be a great career for those who enjoy working with people. Not only do traditional dental assistants work with kids, but also there are dental facilities that work exclusively with children and teenagers. If you are someone who has always been interested in working with children in a healthcare environment, then the dental assistant profession could be the right fit for you.

At MCC students of the dental assistant training program are taught the terminology and skills required in today’s dental industry. Students are also able to get hands-on experience with the tools used in a dental facility. Students are also taught dental terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other activities necessary to help keep the dental office running smoothly. However, the Center also offers real-world training in order to help a student develop confidence and a firm understanding for what it takes to become a dental assistant.