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    10 reasons dentists should be thankful for hygienists and assistants

    'Tis the season to be thankful for many things—especially for hygienists and assistants.

     

    Dental hygienist

    The heavy lifting

    Hygienists and assistants have more interaction with the patients and are, often, the go-to person when it comes time to explain a condition or treatment.

    “The assistants keep us sane,” Dr. Jason Watts, DMD, a general dentist in Cape Coral, Florida says. “Once the patient is in the chair, they take the brunt of explanation. They are the unofficial diagnosticians. They are our data collectors. The patient will see them more than us, and the patients come back for my hygienist and my dental assistants, not for me. I’m just the icing on the cake. You don’t buy a cake for the icing, you buy a cake for the cake.”

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...

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