The new generation is coming of age with a renewed focus on oral health and its many benefits.
In the new dental assistant class, students will spend their summers studying dentistry in schools across Australia.
The aim is to provide the students with the knowledge they need to become a dentist and prepare them to become effective dental assistants.
Professor Stephen Aikens, an expert in oral health, said students were in for a real treat when they started their training.
“They’re not just coming in and saying, ‘OK, this is the course for me and I’m going to get a certificate in dental hygiene’,” he said.
“There’s a lot of work involved in this course.
We spend a lot time with them and talking about what they’re looking for in their dental careers, what their teeth need and how to maintain that.”
Aikens said dentistry had become an increasingly important career choice for young people.
“The demand for dental assistants in Australia is quite high and the demand is definitely increasing,” he said.””
This is a fantastic opportunity for young Australians who have always wanted to do dental work to have a chance at it and to have that knowledge and knowledge they can apply to their future dental work.
“Dental assistants and dentists from the next generation of dentists will be working with young children in a program which combines the lessons learned from the classroom with real-life experiences.
Professor Aikins said the students would learn how to do a toothpick on their own, and will also have a look at the history of the profession, which is one of the oldest professions in the world.”
We will be looking at what dental hygiene was really like before it became the profession it is today,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.”
And how dentistry evolved, and how it evolved over time and how much of a role it plays in our health and the health of our environment.
“Dr Richard Lach, who studies the history and evolution of dental hygiene, said the new generation was also coming of breed.”
Dental hygiene was the first dental hygiene we knew about, and that’s when we realised the potential for the profession,” he explained.”
It was really important that we look at how it has changed over the years and see how we can improve and make it even better.
“Professor Lach said he was pleased to see that the dental assistants would be learning about different types of dental work, which was a major part of the curriculum.”
One of the things that we are looking at with this program is looking at how we work with young dentists,” he added.”
Some of them will have already done some dental work in their own lives, and so they’ll be able to take on the role of teaching them about their profession, what it’s all about, how to keep their teeth clean and so on.
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