Giving Dental Assistants the Recognition They Deserve

Dental Assistants with Patient

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Dental assistants play an important role in dental practices by helping to enrich patient care, boost productivity and provide support to strengthen the entire dental team. Their valuable contributions are recognized each year by dental offices and associations in the United States and around the globe, including the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), American Dental Association (ADA), Canadian Dental Association, United States Army, U.S. Air Force dental clinics and many more.

This year, the above organizations designated the week of March 4 as Dental Assistants Week to recognize the hard work and dedication dental assistants provide to the field of dentistry and their local communities. The week marks the 35th year of celebrating the dedication of dental assistants with the theme of “Key to Productivity: The Professional Dental Assistant.”

During the week-long event, dental assistants often take part in educational and charity events. For example, many dental assistants set up displays with information on tips to improve oral health throughout their local communities.

To help promote the celebration, the ADA provides resources and helpful tools to dental offices, schools and organizations. You can download banners, logos and copy to include in your publications, on your website or marketing collateral to help share the event with your community.

In addition, the ADA is looking for dental assistants and offices to share their successes that they’ve experienced during the week for potential inclusion in The Dental Assistant, a part of the ADAA journal. You can enter by sending your story to dentalpractice@ada.org.

How do dental assistants help enhance patient care in your practice? Share your thoughts on great ways to recognize dental assistants during their important week in the comments box below. Happy Dental Assistants Week!

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2 comments so far

  1. Dental Practices For Sale on

    Great post! It is really true that dental assistants play an important role in dental practices by helping to enrich patient care, boost productivity and provide support. Glad to know that there are people who is aware for our oral health.

  2. sweetenedwater on

    Bravo!
    I am a dental assistant and feel that we are usually treated as glorified maids. Every so often you work with a DDS that has his shit together and treats you like a human being. Sadly this is atypical.


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