As oral health becomes an essential, recognized factor in America's public health agenda, the importance of dental healthcare team members grows. With this growth and recognition, the importance and role of the dental assistant has become more focused as job opportunities have increased.
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In Arizona, there is a severe shortage of qualified dental assistants. Opportunities exist in general dentistry or dental specialties, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, children's dentistry and other specialties. Public health dentistry, dental insurance companies, and dental supply companies also offer employment opportunities for the dental assistant.
The dental assistant's skills and education can also be utilized in the teaching field. Another positive aspect of being a Dental Assistant is the flexibility in working hours. The work schedule can be full-time or part-time.
The demand for dental services will continue to grow. Due to the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of oral disease, the growing older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. Dentists will need to employ more dental assistants than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental services.