Posted on November 10 2016

“Dental Assisting: a passionate profession” The dental assisting profession in France

“Dental Assisting: a passionate profession” The dental assisting profession in France

Translated from original by Isabelle Laval

Dental assistants in France are not permitted to perform intra-oral tasks; unlike DAs in (most of) Canada, she cannot polish teeth, take impressions, place dams and matrices etc.  She assists the practitioner by preparing materials and exchanging instruments but she doesn’t work directly in the patient’s mouth.  This may be coming in the future because dental assistants are finally recognized as health professionals and registered under the code of public health as of this year.

As far as other tasks performed by DAs, it is the same as you (sterilization, administrative tasks…).  In order to practice, it is obligatory to have a diploma in dental assisting or to be in the process of training because, for the moment, training is accomplished “en alternance” (theory classes alternating with on-the-job experience).  Dental assistant training will certainly soon evolve into a higher level of training, maybe with a possible delegation of tasks closer to those in Canada.

http://www.blog-assistantes.fr/2010/02/24/assistante-dentaire-un-metier-de-passion/