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  • Writer's pictureKristen Farrell

The Unsung Heroes of Your Smile: Celebrating Dental Assistants at Mercier Dental

Updated: Mar 6

dental assistants at Mercier Dental
Beverly Lang & Cori Taylor have been assisting Mercier Dental for a combined 28 years!

Welcome to another post on the Mercier Dental blog! Today, we're shining the spotlight on a group of professionals who play a crucial role in your dental health and comfort, yet often fly under the radar: our dental assistants. Beyond their welcoming smiles and the calming presence they offer in the dental chair, dental assistants do a myriad of tasks that might surprise you. Let's dive into some fun and fascinating facts about what dental assistants do behind the scenes at Mercier Dental.

1. Master Organizers and Preppers

Did you know that dental assistants are the wizards behind the curtain, ensuring that your dental appointments run smoothly? They are responsible for sterilizing and preparing the instruments and treatment rooms, making sure everything is in tip-top shape for your visit. It's like setting the stage for a play where every prop needs to be in its right place, and our dental assistants ensure a five-star performance every time.

2. Dental Detectives

Yes, you read that right! Dental assistants often play a detective role, gathering crucial information before the dentist takes the stage. They take and develop dental x-rays (radiographs), which are essential for diagnosing hidden dental issues. Think of them as the Sherlock Holmes of the dental world, uncovering the mysteries hidden within your smile.

3. The Artists of Impression Taking/Scanning

Creating a perfect dental impression is an art, and our dental assistants are the artists. Whether it's for a crown, a bridge, or an occlusal guard, dental assistants have the skilled hands that capture the unique details of your mouth. This task requires a keen eye for detail and a gentle touch—qualities that our dental assistants have in spades.

4. Educators at Heart

One of the lesser-known roles of dental assistants is that of an educator. They take the time to teach patients about proper oral hygiene techniques, such as the best way to brush and floss, and provide advice on maintaining a healthy smile. They're not just about care within the clinic; they're about empowering you with knowledge to take care of your smile at home too.

5. The Ultimate Comfort Providers

Last but certainly not least, dental assistants are the masters of comfort. They have a knack for making patients feel at ease, whether it's by offering a reassuring smile, engaging in light conversation, or explaining what each step of the procedure entails. For many patients, the dental assistant's support makes all the difference in transforming a dental visit from something daunting to a positive experience.

Final Thoughts

At Mercier Dental, we know that our dental assistants are indispensable members of our team. They wear many hats and do so with a smile, ensuring that our patients receive the best care possible. So, next time you're in for a visit, remember to give a little extra thanks to these unsung heroes of your smile. They do so much more than you might think, and we couldn't do it without them!

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about dental assistants. Stay tuned for more insights and behind-the-scenes looks at the dental world from Mercier Dental. Here's to healthy smiles and the incredible people who help maintain them!

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