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# Do you have to have take any kind of math to become a dental assistant?

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- RobsteriarkLv 76 months ago
You definitely need to demonstrate basic mathematical skills, so not just addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but an understanding of decimals and fractions.

As a dental assistant you will need to be able to stocktake and to know an understand the differences between cubic centimetres, millilitres, grams, micrograms and milligrams because you may be asked to measure out medications, fill syringes or just choose the correct size of syringe for any given task. You’ll also need to know that 1/4 is the same as 0.25 and that 1/2 is the same as 0.5, that 0.1 is the same as one-tenth and to understand which of those values is highest and which is lowest. Being able to add one-quarter to one-half is also important.

None of that is difficult: it’s all elementary level mathematics which you should be able to do accurately without a calculator but you may need to refresh yourself and practice it to gain (or to regain) confidence.

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- Anonymous6 months ago
Learning teeth numbers. For example you don't say "front lower teeth", you tell the number.

That's about it. I don't see why math is otherwise required.

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- RichardLv 76 months ago
Not much. Maybe some high school algebra and geometry, by the most.

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