Read about some of our Dental Assisting courses so you can discover how our training will get you started on the path to your new career.
Samples of Dental Assisting Courses
Dental Office Procedures
In this course, the student will be taught overall aspects of dental office management, including patient reception, marketing, telephone techniques, business office systems, patient scheduling, records management, accounts receivable, management of patient’s accounts, and accounts payable. Inventory control and recall systems management are also emphasized.
Preventive Dental Education
This course covers the development of a caries control program, with an emphasis on oral hygiene. Topics include the study of dental plaque, proper brushing methods, the latest methods of preventing decay, and equipment and methods of preventing dental disorders. Students will also be taught about the role of nutrition in dental health and participate in dentistry-related nutritional counseling.
In the course, the student is expected to become familiar with terminology and body systems. The student will also be taught specific terms relative to general human anatomy and physiology, including basic units, planes, cavities, and body systems. Other topics covered are pre-natal growth and development, the function of tissues, and structures in the oral cavity surrounding teeth. The study of the structure and forms of human teeth and their location in the mouth are taught. The student will be taught the eruption schedule and function of each tooth in the primary and permanent dentition and related terminology.
In this course, the student will learn the history and biological effects of radiation, safety precautions, components of the dental x-ray unit, and their function. The student will be taught how x-rays are produced and will describe composition, sizes, types and storage requirements of dental x-ray film. The student will also be taught how to expose and process diagnostically acceptable intraoral and extraoral dental films using both paralleling and bisecting techniques and the use of imaging systems for dental purposes. As this course continues, common production errors, processing techniques, mounting procedures, and identification of radiographic landmarks are learned. Procedures and state policies required for dental offices to ensure quality radiographs are reviewed.
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