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There are a lot of jobs available in the dental industry. Demand for dentists should increase at an enormous rate in order to keep up with population growth. As the number of dentists increase, so will the need for skilled professionals to support them in their work. Dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental office managers, dental laboratory technicians and dental office receptionists are some of the support positions in the field.

Dental hygienists remove the soft and hard deposits from teeth and teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene. They may also examine a patient�s teeth and gums, take and develop X-rays, apply cavity prevention agents and prepare diagnostic tests. Above all, dental hygienists help patients to develop and maintain healthy teeth and gums. Almost all dental hygienists work in a dental office. All dental hygienists must be licensed in the state in which they practice and have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene school as well as passing both a written and clinical examination.

Dental assistants often perform routine tasks for dentists, in order to free up the dentist�s time. They generally make the patient as comfortable as possible while getting them ready for the examination and provide instruction to the patient afterwards. They may also be responsible for X-rays and routine post-procedural tasks. Many dental assistants perform routine office duties as well, such as scheduling appointments, keeping records and ordering supplies. While some dental assistants learn on the job, there�s increasing demand for those with technical training.

Dental office managers and dental receptionists may perform tasks similar to that of a dental assistant, although they will primarily focus on making sure that the office runs smoothly. Making sure that appointments are properly scheduled, calling patients to remind them of appointments, record-keeping, and making sure that the dentist and hygienist have all of the supplies they need are just some of the important tasks in these support positions.

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