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Three Dental Job Descriptions and Salaries

General dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and dental specialists all have different job descriptions. Each job deals with a separate aspect of patient care, from teeth cleaning to oral surgery. Read these detailed job profiles and learn which dental career is right for you.

Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist Jobs

In every dentist office, the dental assistants and dental hygienists are necessary parts of the team. The job descriptions for these dental support roles are similar but carry some key differences.

  • Dental assistants work directly with patients and prepare them for treatments and procedures. They often sterilize dental treatment equipment, maintain patient medical records, schedule appointments and perform other duties as necessary.

  • Dental hygienists perform cleaning and basic treatment procedures, such as removing plaque, applying fluoride and taking dental X-rays. 

Each of these positions has different educational requirements set by individual states. In 2014, the average dental assistant salary was $36,260. The average pay for dental hygienist jobs in 2014 was $71,970.

General Dentist Job Description

The job of a general dentist revolves around providing for patients' general dental and oral health:

  • Remove decay from teeth, fill cavities and provide preventative care
  • Repair damaged and injured teeth  
  • Interpret X-ray images for signs of dental disease, injury or possible health issues
  • Teach patients about good oral hygiene habits, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a dentist in 2014 was $166,810.

For dentists who wish to practice in a specialized field such as orthodontics or pediatric dentistry, additional training and residency will likely be required. It's important to fully explore the job descriptions for each dental specialty before committing to the required advanced schooling.

Open Dental Jobs at Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is looking for committed and talented dental professionals to serve in our locations in 15 different states and Washington, D.C. We have nationwide openings for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dentistry professionals.

Dental jobs at Kool Smiles are perfect for people who want to bring quality dentistry to children and families in underserved populations around the country.

Kool Smiles dental jobs come with extensive benefits and typically pay higher than the national average.

Connect with a Kool Smiles recruiter and explore the descriptions of open dental jobs that could be perfect for you! 

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Sources:

Dental Workers: http://www.dentalworkers.com/pdf/DefinitionsJobTitles.pdf

BLS: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319091.htm

BLS: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292021.htm

ADA: http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/dentists-doctors-of-oral-health

ADA: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-specialties/specialty-definitions

BLS: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291021.htm

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