Pramila Thapa | Contributing Writer

According to Guinness World Records 2002 AD, “the most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 AD one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring.” Teeth! We see them every day. As per the American Academy of Periodontology, 50 percent of respondents surveyed said that a smile is the first feature they notice about another person. Everybody looks pretty with an attractive smile with organized white and beautiful teeth. Teeth are the most essential part of mouth. Teeth are important for eating, chewing, talking, and smiling.

To have healthy and strong teeth we must often visit to a dentist. Dental assistants are health professionals who work under the supervision of dentists. Dental assistants are the extra hands and valuable members of the dental care system. A dental assistant is on high demand because it is a very respectable profession and can expect a good pay even though it is a risky job.

Dental assistants are one of the most important as well as professional and respectable members of the dental health care workforce. They deal with a lot of responsibility. As per Lori Paschal, a pediatric dentist, “It is often said that ‘knowledge is power’ but it’s potential power. What you know doesn’t make the difference –using what you know is REAL power. Empower yourself to become a professional dental assistant.”

Dental Assistants are responsible for assisting treatments, providing proper care, preparing patients for their treatments, etc. They have to perform office management tasks such as keeping records updated, asking patients about their medical histories, scheduling, verifying appointments, greeting patients, and so many more things. Because of all above mention responsibilities, they help us to be a more organized and provide a great deal of mobility in this career. Dental assistants are treated with respect and professionalism as they deserve.

Another advantage is that you can expect a good pay and benefits from this job. Everybody wants to have a good job, salary, and balanced-work life. One of the best jobs for that is dental assistant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There should be more than 58,000 new openings for dental assistants up to year 2014.” It is a highly-demanded job and the minimum hourly pay met for this position starts from $17.

One reason for the increment of this job is people nowadays or the current generation take better care of their oral teeth. In addition, if you become a dental assistant, there are many good job opportunities available with many benefits. As per the Dental Assisting National Board’s 2014 salary survey report, “Certified Dental Assistant receive many other benefits including paid holidays, paid vacation, 400(k) or pension plans, free dental care and sick leave.”

There are no jobs without disadvantages. Likewise, many people believe that being a dental assistant is a risky job because they have to be more accurate for the procedure and should make quick decisions that may create a problem for the patient. Moreover, dental assistants have to deal with radiation, which is a small amount but may cause damage to living cells and tissues. As per the research, if dental assistants do not apply or practice safety measures, they may suffer from a serious illness such as cancer, cataracts, and genetic abnormalities. Many people argue that a dental assistant is a job that has more risks. I agree with that statement but life is all about taking risks. If you never take a risk, you will never achieve your dreams. It is true that dental assistants have to deal with risky stuff and dirty yucky teeth but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Dental Assistant jobs is known as the third fastest growing occupation in the US.” It means that the scope of dental assistant jobs will increase faster than other jobs. According to data analyzed by jobs expert, Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., “Out of 150 jobs for skills, dental assisting tops the list.” Many people may think that a dental assistant is only the helper of a dental team but according to the American Dental Associations, “Dental Assistant greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care.”

In conclusion, a dental assistant is a demanded job with good salary and dealing with lots of responsibilities. In contrast, every medical field jobs are risky. In this job, dental assistants know the importance of responsibility that makes them responsible and organized. People who achieve this career get full satisfaction with good payment, flexible, and balanced work that makes them happy. Even though it is challenging job, we have to go through and achieve success. While Sir Isaac Newton’s teeth are valuable, let’s also make our teeth valuable by keeping them clean and healthy. In addition, getting treated with a respect from other people is the biggest outcome of every job. Dental assistants can be good career but only if you make it. We should be positive and specific. Life is short. So, smile while you still have teeth.