Good dentists--and smart dental patients--think of the mouth as the first line of defense against disease. This program details the importance of maintaining good dental health, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular inflammation, and other serious health threats. Illustrating the ways that gingivitis and periodontal disease destroy gum and bone tissue, the program shows how these mouth ailments can ultimately weaken systems throughout the body, with dangerous and possibly fatal effects on the pancreas, blood vessels, heart, and even unborn babies. Interviews with respected dentists reinforce critical concepts and treatment options.
The job of the dental hygienist is just as hands-on as any dentist's and it offers an outstanding springboard for a career in the healthcare and dental fields. This program shows what a dental hygienist can expect as far as training, duties, and compensation, while outlining the personal qualities and people skills that any successful D.H. should possess. Featuring interviews with experienced hygienists and those who train them, the program highlights the cleaning and examination procedures a D.H. will perform and the special rapport he or she must be able to establish with patients.
The program presents career options not requiring a long term commitment for college or training. Included is a brief explanation of certification programs, trade/vocational schools, technical and associate degrees.
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Introduces medical assistants to administrative tasks in a medical office by explaining the use of basic office equipment, emphasizing HIPAA regulations and how to use computers and computer software, as well as demonstrating various methods of appointment scheduling. Also shows how to identify the parts of a patient's medical record and define the units of triage.
Careers highlighted include: an LPN, a dialysis technician, a surgical assistant, and a physical therapist, who help fight illness and injury; a pharmacy technician, a dental hygienist, and a dispensing optician, who help improve quality of life; and a medical records technician, who tracks medical histories. A veterinarian assistant is also interviewed.