Dental Assistant Recognition Week

According to the The American Medical Technologists Association, national dental assistant recognition week is the first week of March, each year.

While it might seem like an oddly random holiday, it’s such a fun way to say thank you to our terrific team. We run a pretty small office around here. Fran and Amy are our only registered dental assistants.

We asked them a couple questions just to put them on the spot! And let you get to know them better, too!

Meet Fran

Marea White Dental Assistant Fran

What is your favorite thing about working in dentistry?

One of my favorite things about dentistry is the time that we get to spend with our patients. We get to create relationships.

What part of your job did you not expect – or surprised you the most?

The part that surprised me the most about my job is without a doubt the people I work with and the relationships that I’ve developed over the years. Everyone is always ready to help and encourage one another.

What was your most memorable experience with helping a patient?

My most memorable experience I’ve had was when we saw a patient that was a dental phobic and terrified of the dentist. Dr. White and I were able to calm the patient enough to follow through with much needed treatment. And, after coming in several times we were able to earn their trust and they were no longer terrified of being at the dentist. It’s truly gratifying being able to help people get a great smile and overcome their fears of coming to the dentist!

How has a career in dentistry changed your life?

Dentistry has changed my life in so many ways: from the patients to the people I work with!

During your career, how have you seen dentistry change other peoples lives?

Improving people’s smiles literally changes their self-esteem.

And this is Amy!

Marea White Amy

What is your favorite thing about working in dentistry?

I love being able to interact with patients on a daily basis and put people’s dental fears at ease.

What part of your job did you not expect – or surprised you the most?

It’s amazing how many products there are just concerning teeth, I am always learning about new products which is very exciting.

What was your most memorable experience with helping a patient?

I have assisted on some cosmetic cases where people came in with low self esteem, ashamed of their teeth and would not smile. After doing full mouth restorations, the patients were very confident and could not stop smiling!

How has a career in dentistry changed your life?

A job in dentistry has made me selfless and helped me put others before myself.

During your career, how have you seen dentistry change other peoples lives?

I have seen dentists be able to connect with and convert a patient who is so fearful of going to the dentist into someone that finally lets go of that fear!

Did You Know…

In the state of Texas, registered dental assistants must successfully complete the state level registration process with the State Board of Dental Examiners and are trained in CPR, X-ray technology, jurisprudence, and infection control. Plus, they must pass a rather lengthy exam.

Fran and Amy maintain our equipment, keep files on each patient,, assist in pre and post-operative procedures, remove sutures, handle x-rays, and lend a hand with routine patient procedures.

Fran and Amy, thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the healthy smiles of our patients!

Don’t Take Our Word For It

We think everyone on our team is pretty awesome! And we are so glad that our patients feel the same way! Check out our testimonials page to read all about what others are saying about their experiences with us! We appreciate it!
~Dr. Marea White