Dental Assistants work with people up close. Some take mouth x-rays and process the films, remove stitches, clean up extra cement after a dentist fills a cavity. They keep the dentist's instruments neat, clean and organized. In some offices, they schedule appointments, keep records, send bills and order supplies.
Dental Assistants work under the supervision of dentists. To protect themselves and their patients, they wear gloves, masks and special eyewear. If they handle x-ray machines and processing, Dental Assistants wear protective clothing and also put a protective drape on the patient to minimize risks of exposure to radiation. They spend a good deal of time on their feet.