Dental Assistants Can Look Forward to a Bright Career in the Future

by Pacific Dental Services in News 07/24/2017

There is no denying the fact that the US is witnessing a massive transformation within the dentistry industry. This is primarily because the country reports a diverse range of disease patterns and there is increasing awareness about cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dental care. What does this imply? Growing Family Insurance suggests that cosmetic dental treatments are likely to gain more popularity and there will be increased access to health insurance.

There is perhaps no better time to consider a career as a dental assistant than right now. Emerging dental assistants in the US are quickly realizing that their practice is in fact quite valuable and that the demand for assistants is going to increase further in the near future. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of both dentists and assistants is estimated to grow by 18 percent between 2014 and 2024.

A dental assistant performs various important tasks including disinfecting and sterilizing equipment, preparation and organization of various instruments and materials needed for treatment, compiling dental records for patients, and more. The U.S. Census Bureau reports a steady and rapid increase in the total elderly population in the United States of America.

This has led to a rise in the demand for multiple dental care services. With continued aging, numerous baby boomers in the country will need complex dental work. Also, the older population of today is more in favor of retaining its teeth than it was in the past. Hence, they would need greater care as compared to the former generations. At the same time, the youth will continue to require minor dental treatments and preventive checkups alongside various cosmetic dental services like teeth whitening, bleaching, and so on.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a dental assistant is like another ‘pair of hands’ for the dentist. The future prospects for dental assistants are definitely very bright and it is deemed to be one of the fastest growing professions in the coming ten years.

There are a number of available dental assistant positions at PDS®-supported practices. To view currently available opportunities, visit