How many people do you know who are willing to peer into someone else’s mouth? It takes a special person. It takes someone who can see beyond crooked teeth, red gums and bad breath, and acknowledges that the mouth is actually the gateway to our health.
While it is true that dental assistants learn how to be proficient in assisting a dentist chairside in cavity restorations and other procedures, they also acquire a vast knowledge about the things that our mouths may be telling us about our health. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), half of the adults in America suffer from Periodontal Disease. This disease is believed to be linked to several other diseases, such as an infection of the lining of the heart called endocarditis, diabetes, and HIV/Aids. Heart disease and stroke are possibly linked to the inflammation and infections that can be caused by oral bacteria.
Dental Assistant’s may have the opportunity to be an advocate for their profession by using their knowledge to help others understand the importance of oral health. It could be said that there are a lot of people who desire to help others in ways that are meaningful.