ASSISTANT: New Dental Assistant

WEBINAR LESSON DOCUMENT

HYGIENIST VS ASSISTANT

DENTAL HYGIENIST
• Can work independently from the doctor
• Has a certification/degree in dental hygiene
• Main focus is the periodontal health of the patients

VS

DENTAL ASSISTANT
• Must work under supervision of the doctor
• Has a certification in dental assisting
• Main focus is to assist the doctor during a dental procedure

OSHA BASICS UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Some typical hazards associated with working in a dental office include:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens (i.e., blood and saliva), sharp instruments, chemical exposure, radiation
  • The rule of Universal Precautions states that every bodily fluid that you come into contact with is perceived as a risk and treated with all appropriate safety measures.
  • Please always refer to OSHA guidelines and state laws. We are not OSHA experts and the contents of this webinar are suggestions only.

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