Brooke Kuecker: An Overview of Dental Assisting

A diligent and enthusiastic student, Brooke Kuecker is currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree. Ms. Kuecker also works as a dental assistant and previously earned an Associate degree in Dental Assisting from Lake Area Technical Institute.

As a dental assistant, Brooke Kuecker is part of a growing profession. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that dental assistant employment will expand at an above-average rate through 2020. Dental assistants are a crucial part of any dental care team, and most are employed in dental offices where they often work in tandem with dental hygienists.

Dental assistants have a wide range of duties. They prepare patients for treatment, arrange and sterilize dental instruments and materials, and assist dentists during procedures. Under supervision, dental assistants frequently process X-rays and complete lab tasks. In addition, they conduct a number of administrative functions; they schedule appointments, maintain records, and handle billing and payment. In some states, dental assistants can also polish teeth and apply sealants, fluoride, and topical anesthetics.

Educational requirements for dental assistants vary state by state. In some states, dental assistants must graduate from an accredited program; in others, they receive on-the-job instruction. Many dental assistants must obtain certification or licensing in their field, which shows they possess more in-depth knowledge and experience. Brooke Kuecker maintains an Advanced Dental Assistant license in South Dakota.

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