Radiation Safety Training for Dental Assistants: 4 Things You Need to Know


To become a successful dental assistant, you’ll need to know how to perform X-rays. And with the 32-hour standalone Radiation Safety course from Howard Healthcare Academy, you’re sure to learn how to take, process and mount X-rays properly.

Here are four things you need to know about our Radiation Safety course for dental assistants:

  1. Our course teaches you everything you’ll need to know about X-rays.

X-rays enable dentists to evaluate cavities, examine tooth roots, review the status of developing teeth and much more. As such, dentists frequently use X-rays to identify and address issues inside and outside the mouth.

Our Radiation Safety course explores X-ray safety, the proper X-ray techniques and other X-ray essentials. That way, you can learn about the importance of X-rays and understand how to perform an X-ray correctly.

  1. You will be able to learn about the dangers associated with radiation exposure.

Although X-rays offer immense value for dentists and patients, they can be dangerous, especially if a dental assistant ignores important radiation exposure precautions.

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) points out the average effective radiation dose from all sources in the United States is 6.2 millisieverts (mSv) per year. Meanwhile, the California Dental Association (CDA) notes dental offices must take “reasonably adequate” precautions to safeguard both patients and staff against excessive radiation exposure.

With our Radiation Safety course, you can learn about the risks associated with radiation exposure. And ultimately, you’ll understand the necessary precautions that you’ll need to follow to take patient X-rays safely.

  1. You can receive in-depth insights into each step of the X-ray process.

How do you set up an X-ray machine, then use it to perform an X-ray? After you complete a patient X-ray, how do you retrieve the results? You can find out answers to all of these questions and more by enrolling in our Radiation Safety course.

At Howard Healthcare Academy, our Radiation Safety course is taught by experienced professionals who boast years of experience in the dental industry. Therefore, you’ll be able to receive expert insights into radiation safety that will enable you to understand how to complete each step of the X-ray process effectively.

  1. You can watch X-rays as they are performed in a real world setting.

Unlike many traditional dental assistant training programs, we offer a Radiation Safety course that blends classroom and on-the-job lessons. That way, you can see how X-rays are performed in a real world setting and become better prepared to perform the day-to-day duties of a dental assistant.

The Dental Board of California (DBC) enables an individual who is certified in radiation safety to operate dental radiographic equipment under the general supervision of a dentist. Fortunately, our Radiation Safety class ensures you can see how a dental assistant collects an X-ray in a dental office and gain practical experience that may help you perform X-rays successfully after you graduate.

Choose our Radiation Safety course, and you can move one step closer to becoming a successful dental assistant. To enroll in our Radiation Safety course, please call us at (619) ACADEMY or contact us via email at info@howardacademy.com.

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