Happy Dental Assistants Appreciation Week!

March 04, 2019 by Dr. Andrew Smyth  •  Original Post

March 3 - 9, 2019  is Dental Assistants Recognition Week! A week-long annual opportunity to celebrate our wonderful dental assistants and the essential work that they do every day!

This week we will be shining the spotlight on our Dental Assistants and showcasing their talents and the valuable service they offer to our patients and our clinic. 

What is a Dental Assistant?

Dental Assistants in Canada are part of an integrated healthcare team that provides oral care to patients. While jobs are found mainly in private practices, there are opportunities found in hospitals and regional health units. Each province has its own governing body and individuals should consult that governing body for specific requirements in the province they would like to work in. It is estimated that there are approximately 26,000 to 29,000 dental assistants in Canada and nearly 20,000 are registered with a provincial dental assisting association.

Dental assistants perform a number of duties throughout the day, including collecting patient information, preparing and maintaining dental instruments and equipment, assisting dentists in patient care, preparing dental materials such as dental composites, amalgams and cements. A dental assistant may also be involved in managing dental emergencies, examining, diagnosing or planning dental treatment, performing final placement of fixed or removable dental prosthetic appliances, managing dental records, and managing patients during dental procedures.

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York Dental Clinic is a Fredericton, NB based dental clinic.

We're a full time family-based Fredericton dentist office offering all aspects of dentistry. Our dental practice offers personal attention, commitment to excellence and a no-nonsense approach to oral health. Our number one priority is your comfort and satisfaction. Your individual needs are always considered and your choices always respected.