Dental Jobs in the United States

Dental Jobs in America – What you Should Know

When it comes to medical jobs in America, dental jobs are one of the most common types of jobs available. Actual dentist jobs may be more difficult to find, but lesser qualified positions are constantly available throughout the country.

Not all dental jobs require qualifications; though it would obviously help you if you did gain some form of qualification before you applied to any job role. Here you will find out more about the different dental jobs available and how you may be able to get into the field.

Understanding Dental Jobs

Dental jobs can sometimes be similar to emergency medicine jobs. You can often have to deal with emergency treatments and in many cases you will need to be able to deal with squeamish sights! However, there may be some clerical jobs available within a dental surgery. So if blood does put you off but you would still like to work in a dental surgery, a clerical position may be better suited to you.

One of the most common types of dental jobs available these days tends to be the dental assistants role. This involves assisting dental surgeons with operations and treatments. You will be responsible for setting up the surgery ready for the next patient. This includes finding all of the relevant equipment, cleaning the office and ordering new stock. It is vital that dental assistants be fast workers and they have to be able to work on their own initiative sometimes too. It can be a varied job but you will often see squeamish operations and so you have to be able to deal with this. You will also have to use various pieces of equipment to assist the surgeon whilst they are performing treatments. It is an important role and various skills will be needed.

Typically the skills needed to become a dental assistant are being a quick worker and you may also need experience in various areas such as taking x-rays and being able to create temporary crowns. Each dental surgery will require different skills and some may not ask for any qualifications or skills. If you don’t have any experience or knowledge in the area then you may be able to find trainee positions. The actual salary for dental assistants will vary depending upon the company hiring you. This is because the job role of the assistant is different at each company. Some may require you to do a lot more work than others. Therefore some positions will pay up to $25,000 whereas others will pay up to $16,000.

Another dental job which you may be interested in is a dental hygienist. The role of the hygienist is to ensure that the teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. You will mainly be responsible for cleaning the teeth professionally and for treating any infections which may have occurred. Many surgeries require a bachelor’s degree before they will allow you to work with them. The average salary of a dental hygienist is around $50,000.

Overall there are many different dental jobs available in the dental profession. Some will require more skills than others; though no matter what skills you currently have there will always be a role to suit you.

Toothache And Homeopathy – Homeopathic Medicines You Can Use Yourself

Your smile says a lot about you, but it’s hard to smile when you have toothache.

My friend Craig Wilson from the Sydney Holistic Dental Center has been working in holistic dentistry for years and knows how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums. As a leading holistic dentist, Craig says

“Your oral health relates directly to your general health. Many of the conditions we treat involve inflammation, both chronic and acute, and these have significant impacts on such general disease states such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes.” Just like in Homeopathy, parts of you always relate to the health of the whole!

“Long term inflammatory conditions predispose someone to a range of negative health issues” says Craig.

So what can you do when you have toothache and are in need of a dental procedure? This is where homeopathy can help out. It is a highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain so it is often used post operatively. When we have dental procedures such as a tooth extraction or a root canal treatment, Homeopathy really comes into its own. Read on to find out what my recommendations are for homeopathic relief from dental problems and procedures.

Toothache : Spasmodic pain associated with toothache:Take Mag Phos 6X tissue salts one tablet 4 times a day or Mag Phos 30 5 drops 3 times a day. You can place 10 drops of mag Phos 30 in water and sip as required.

Severe neuralgic or shooting pain : Take Hypericum 30 3 x day to reduce pain.

Dental abscess or infection: As an alternative to antibiotics, homeopathic Hepar Sulph 30 or 200 can be taken 3 times a day. If there is no improvement in 24 hours please call your dentist. If there is steady improvement in pain and discomfort keep taking the medicine and go back after 3-5 days so your dentist can check on progress. It is important in these cases that the tooth nerve is saved so stay close to your dentist to determine the diagnosis and then you will be able to self-prescribe the correct homeopathic medicine.

Tooth extraction :

Any serious dental procedure has the potential to cause some pain or discomfort. Often this is due to inflammation which is the body’s natural response to procedures that involve cutting or traumatizing the delicate tissues of the mouth such as the gums.

There are several effective homeopathic medicines that reduce this inflammation and therefore the pain it causes.

Use Arnica 200 after any tooth extraction twice a day for 3-4 days and Staphisagria 200 in addition once a day for 3 days only, where the procedure proved to be or feel invasive. Staphisagria is especially appropriate if it involved stitches or you were upset about having to have the procedure in the first place!

Nervousness: A trip to the dentist is sometimes an opportunity for anxiety or nervousness. We have all been in this position… ‘What will be wrong?’ ‘Will I need to have a tooth extraction/filling?’ This anxiety can put a real downer on what could be a routine check-up. When anxiety before a check up is high there are some great homeopathic medicines that can completely alleviate your symptoms so a dental check can be stress-free visit! For anticipatory anxiety before the check up (especially if it gives you diarrhea) take Argentum Nitricum 30 twice the day before and once on the day of your visit. For mild nervousness take some Bach rescue Remedy which will be available from your local health store. Take two drops directly in your mouth or put 4-5 drops in a glass of water and sip in the waiting room.

Root Canal Treatment :

This can be a two stage procedure and there are several homeopathic medicines that will help. On the day of the procedure take Arnica 30 or 200 and then repeat twice a day after the procedure until the pain subsides. In addition, take Hypericum 30 or 200 twice a day to help with any nerve pain. Take this regime for 2-3 days after each procedure until the root canal is completed.

For increased healing of mouth wounds/incisions:

and after a periodontal clean Calendula Mouth rinse. Place 10 drops of Calendula tincture in a glass of water and swill round your mouth for 30-60 seconds. Do this first thing on waking and last thing at night. Do not use this rinse if infection is still present.

So to recap as there has been a lot of information! You can use the following homeopathic medicines for dental issues:

Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphisagria as a Dental First Aid kit with Argentum Nitricum and/or Back Rescue Remedy if you get anxious before a treatment.

As Craig Wilson says: “When my patients use Homeopathic medicines before and after procedures they experience a general reduction in the need to use pharmaceuticals. We’ve found homeopathy simple to use, easily tolerated and without side effects”. So what are you waiting for? Get ordering your homeopathic medicines today! 🙂

© Sam Adkins – The Homeopathic Coach 2008

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How to Treat Pain After Dental Extractions or Other Trauma

Learning how to treat pain after dental extraction, or any other form of dental work can save you a lot of lost sleep as well as discomfort. Dental work causes soft tissue damage to your gums, nerve damage to the nerves of your teeth and bone damage to your teeth and jaw bones. No wonder people are reluctant to visit dentists. You come away with so much pain, even if you have had an anesthetic.

But that is a complication in itself, with fear of needles, the pain of an injection and then the effects of the numbness afterwards. However, here are three homeopathic medicines which will help you breeze through the process, however traumatic it appears to be.

The homeopathic medicine Arnica is the first one of choice for all soft tissue damage. It can prevent infection, resolve pain, prevent inflammation, without damaging any other system or organism of your body. However, the most intense pain normally felt at a dentist is the nerve pain. This is usually much more intense than soft tissue pain. This is the pain that is so agonising, it sent you hurrying to the dentist in the first place This is the pain that makes you moan, prevents your sleep.

It’s deep, it’s intense, it’s agonising. The homeopathic medicine Hypericum is a wonderful medicine which rapidly heals damaged nerves, so is ideal after a dental extraction or any dental work, where nerves are so easily damaged. However, Hypericum can also antidote any injection you have, so if you are on insulin, you can expect that not to work. For a few hours, you may prefer to deal with the nerve pain.

Take a low potency (strength) such as 6c or 30c at most, so the effects don’t last longer than you want them to. Armed with these two homeopathic medicines can make any dental work a lot easier.