Dental Assistants

January 2006
Occupational Outlook Handbook;2006, p1
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The article describes the functions of dental assistants. Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices. They also make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair.


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