My job this past week was a service job, and I interned as a dentist at Briargate Dental Center. I also was a patient, and had an exam from Dr. Baumgardner.
My job is in the city of Colorado Springs; I have patients from the city, suburbs, and the rural community. I interact with patients from all over the community, helping them to maintain a clean mouth. If they have any problems (like a cavity, a cracked tooth, or tooth pain), I help them out. If they need any additional services, I will refer them to a dental specialist. For example, if they need braces, they would go see an orthodontist; if they have issues with their gums, they would go to a periodontist; if they need surgery on or in their mouth, they will see an oral surgeon; if a patient has problems with the roots of their teeth, they would go see an endodontist.
There are several hygienists at Briargate Dental Center, and they are the ones who clean teeth and take x-rays of your teeth. An assistant helps Dr. Baumgardner when he is working on a patients teeth. The assistant helps clean the dental tools, hand Dr. Baumgardner tooth instruments (tools), and explain to the patients what type of work they need or are going to have.
If dentists did not exist in our community, most people would have terrible teeth, and may have lots of pain. It is so important to take care of your teeth at home – brush and floss twice a day – and it is also important to visit the dentist for a cleaning and check up, two times a year. A dentist can make sure your teeth and mouth are healthy, which is necessary to make sure you whole body is healthy!