Dental Assisting Tip #2 – Gentle Assistants are Better Assistants

Tip #2 is an important one!  You are judged not just by the dentist, but by the patient.  Often the patient will leave a dental practice because his assistant or hygienist is “rough”.

Remember, lips only stretch so much, and everything in the mouth is magnified!  It may feel like a little bump of the suction against a tooth to you, but to the patient you may as well have cracked the tooth in half.  The notice, even if they don’t say anything, especially if you don’t apologize or seem to care.  This goes for placing the mirror or suction against the gingiva as well…very soft and tender tissue – it’s not a rest for your instruments!

So, tip #2 – be GENTLE and CARING.

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