What's so good about having an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting?
I'm starting classes in pursuit of my Associate Degree in Dental Assisting. I know that there are programs out there that are just certificates or diplomas, so what extra stuff will I get with an associate degree? Would I be performing similar things as a dental hygienist or is it that I'll just get paid more? I don't really see the difference!
P.S. I'm going to a vocational (I think that's what it's called) and we get hands on experience as we learn and I've seen that we're gonna be doing teeth molds (like the ones in the braces process), xrays, cleaning and things like that.
Hi! Basically, dental assistants do not work on the patients, they show the patients how to clean their teeth using molds, sterilize and clean the equipment, schedule appointments and maintain medical records. Dental hygienists actually work on the patients - they clean teeth, apply preventatives, take x-rays and assist the dentist during surgery. Dental hygienists get paid twice as much as a dental assistant but they also need to pass state and national exams. An assistant does not need to pass any exams - just have a degree. Hope I have answered your questions.
For more info, check out http://www.dentalhygienistprograms.us
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