Reaching up and reaching out: The extended functions dental assistant
from Inside Dental Assisting
In the beginning, dental assistants were referred to as "ladies in attendance"—in order to make it respectable for a woman patient to visit the dental office unaccompanied. Back in the late 19th century, Dr. Edmund Kell hired the first three dental assistants to assist him with his patient care. However, today the same work is now accomplished with just one highly skilled and trained professional. The dental assistant has proven to be a necessity in the modern dental practice, with ever increasing educational and career opportunities.
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