Competency Skills for the Dental Assistant / Edition 1

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Overview

The book is written in a step-by-step format that provides for maximum comprehension. It includes evaluation sheets, assignment sheets, post-tests, photos and illustrations to reinforce learning. Its competency based layout permits the student to progress at his/her own rate. It gives the student more involvement with actual hands on training and shows what will be expected of them in their job as a dental assistant.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vera Ann Smith, CDA (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The author's intentions are to introduce to new dental assistants and to reinforce to other dental assistants a working knowledge of basic chairside and office procedures. The book is systematically organized.
Purpose: The purpose is to allow the student dental assistant in training and the experienced practicing dental assistant to master one skill, then build upon this knowledge as they move onto the next lesson. This is a worthy objective, and I think this book can benefit many. The goal is to achieve a score of 80 percent or better on the self-evaluation; I achieved a score of over 90 percent.
Audience: This book is written for the student assistant and the practicing dental assistant who wishes to review the subject matter and brush up on skills. The material in this book is good and accurate. I believe the author to be credible because she is a certified dental assistant and a registered dental hygienist.
Features: The entire book has black-and-white illustrations; the quality of the illustrations is sufficient. The references are current and pertinent to the text. The table of contents is informative. The cover of the book is attractive, and the overall appearance of the book is good. The organization of the competency evaluation at the end of each lesson is great.
Assessment: This author is trained and informative in her field. I believe this book will sell at most bookstores and should be in public libraries and dental assisting training programs. This is a good book, with a simple, step-by-step format.
Vera Ann Smith
The author's intentions are to introduce to new dental assistants and to reinforce to other dental assistants a working knowledge of basic chairside and office procedures. The book is systematically organized. The purpose is to allow the student dental assistant in training and the experienced practicing dental assistant to master one skill, then build upon this knowledge as they move onto the next lesson. This is a worthy objective, and I think this book can benefit many. The goal is to achieve a score of 80 percent or better on the self-evaluation; I achieved a score of over 90 percent. This book is written for the student assistant and the practicing dental assistant who wishes to review the subject matter and brush up on skills. The material in this book is good and accurate. I believe the author to be credible because she is a certified dental assistant and a registered dental hygienist. The entire book has black-and-white illustrations; the quality of the illustrations is sufficient. The references are current and pertinent to the text. The table of contents is informative. The cover of the book is attractive, and the overall appearance of the book is good. The organization of the competency evaluation at the end of each lesson is great. This author is trained and informative in her field. I believe this book will sell at most bookstores and should be in public libraries and dental assisting training programs. This is a good book, with a simple, step-by-step format.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827366855
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/3/1995
  • Series: Health and Life Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

received an MS from the University of Dayton. She has taken postgraduate studies at Ohio State, West Virginia University, Kent State, and Ohio University. She was employed as a dental assistant/hygienist in oral surgery, orthodontics, and general practices before she became a dental assisting instructor and Diversified Cooperative Health Occupations coordinator at Belmont Career Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Along with teaching duties she chartered the National Honor Society participation of the vocational school and was advisor for the VICA opening and closing ceremony team to National competition representing the state of Ohio. Mrs. Dofka has retired from active teaching but maintains life membership in the Iota Lambda Sigma, professional vocational teaching fraternity, DANB dental assisting certification, and maintains retired status as dental hygienist in West Virginia. She is currently serving in consultation practice and advisory board capacity as well as volunteer activities.

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Table of Contents

Preface. The Dental Profession. Emergency Care & First Aid. Infection Control & Hazard Management. Basic Dental Fundamentals. Chairside Dental Fundamentals. Chairside Assisting. Chairside Specialties. Dental Specialties. Laboratory Procedures. Dental Radiation. Business Procedures. Post tests. References. Glossary. Appendix A. Appendix B. Appendix C. Index.

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