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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vera Ann Smith, CDA (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This book consists of information relating to the profession of dentistry, including legal and ethical aspects. The basic dental sciences, prevention of disease transmission, medical emergencies, clinical dentistry, dental radiography, dental materials, comprehensive dental care, business, and office interaction skills are discussed. This is the sixth edition; the first was published in 1976.
Purpose: The intention of the authors is to educate entry-level dental professionals in the arts and science of dental assisting, to continue the tradition of excellence in a comprehensive dental assisting text, and to prepare students and dental assistants for the Dental Assistant National Board Certification Examinations. This book teaches the most current concepts and techniques in dentistry today to enhance learning for the modern student. These are worthy objectives. This book contains 683 pages of clear, concise and descriptive material; this by definition meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: It is written primarily for students of the allied dental health profession, and in my judgment for anyone needing a refresher course. The two authors, credible sources, are dental professionals promoting dental education.
Features: This book is divided into thirty-nine chapters. It contains excellent descriptive photographs demonstrating the techniques of dental assisting and radiography, along with clinical photographs. The references are current and useful. Both the table of contents and the index are well organized and complete. The overall appearance of the book is good. The hardback cover is attractive and eye catching.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for students wishing to learn more about dental assisting. It would be an excellent book to be distributed in dental schools.