Who Works in a Dentist Office?

A general dentist office offers many basic services. Dentists treat people of all ages and recommend child visits start at age 6 months as part of their well baby visits. Dentists check for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. There are many professionals that work inside a dentist office. They each play a very important role in caring for your dental health.

1. Dentist: a specially trained professional qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums. They provide oral exams, provide recommendations for problems or improvements, and give referrals to specialty trained dentists.

2. Dental Hygienist: cleans teeth, examine patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, discusses patient's oral health with the dentist, and provide other dental care to patients.

3. Dental Assistant: prepares patients for treatment, obtains dental records, hands instruments and materials to dentists, suctions patients mouths dry and clear, sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment. They also prepare tray setups for dental procedures.

4. Office Manager: Oversees the responsibilities and duties of dental office staff so that the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Some order supplies and have responsibility for marketing dental practice. They hire new dental care staff when needed. Learn more by visiting their association: American Association of Dental Office Managers

5. Patient Financial/Insurance Coordinator: processes patient insurance and coordinates payments for deductibles, co-insurance, credit card, and uninsured patients. They also assist in applying for pre-determination of coverage.

6. Front Desk/Scheduling Coordinator: the friendly person who schedules your appointments, calls with reminders, informs the patient care team you have arrived, and other helpful assistance as requested by the dental office manager.

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