Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is joining the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) in celebrating the 43rd annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week, scheduled for March 1 through March 7. This year’s theme, “A 20/20 Dental Assistant—Look Toward the Future,” acknowledges the growing importance of dentistry’s role in healthcare and the responsibilities of dental assistants, PDS says. The event also honors dental assistants (DAs) and their commitment to professional development and providing quality dental care.
“DAs in PDS-supported dental practices share a passion for delivering patient-centric dentistry to their communities and are committed to growing personally and professionally in their lives,” said Rosalinda Olague, Dental Board of California appointee and manager of dental assistant national strategy and school relations at PDS. “Dental assistants understand that quality performance at every job, every day is required.”
According to the DALE Foundation, an affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board, dental assistants are the largest segment of the dental workforce. According to its national survey, more than 95% of dentists and dental office managers strongly agree that dental assistants contribute to a practice’s productivity and play a key role in preserving patient retention by building the bridge of trust between patients and clinicians.
“In honor of Dental Assistants Recognition Week, I want to acknowledge all the dental assistants in the United States for their hard work in serving patients, their dentists, and their teams,” said Stephen E. Thorne IV, founder and CEO of PDS. “Thank you for the extraordinary work you do to create healthier, happier patients.”
The ADAA is the oldest and largest group representing professional dental assistants, it says. Its members include clinical personnel, those working chairside with the dentist, and administrative and back office staff.
“By asking questions and helping patients identify what is important to them, DAs have the ability to support clinicians in delivering quality oral healthcare,” said Olague. “PDS’s dental assistants are masters in the art of first impressions. They are skilled in establishing trust with their patients by actively listening to their questions and concerns, which helps patients accept the dentist’s recommended treatment plans.”