Dental assisting is a career that is continually growing, and one that offers a significant amount of career opportunity. Dental assisting is not the same as a dental hygienist though both do work to help the dentist and the responsibilities of these two careers may overlap.
A dental assistant works to help the dentist to prepare for their patients. They may help to get rooms cleaned up or to restock items that the hygienist or dentist may need to care for the patients. Assistants often serve as the lifeline of the office by keeping the office organized and working with patients on administrative duties.