Dental Assistant Recognition Week is March 4-10

THE DENTIST IS IN:  Giving Thanks to Dental Assistants


I love the Isolite. It is definitely a revolutionary dental device. It’s neat how it pushes the tongue away and lights up the teeth. It is amazing technology but it will never take the place of my dental assistants. Dental assistants do more than retract the tongue and move the light and work the suction. They face the day with me. I have a community that treats patients in Glendora. I could never face the complicated dental problems with just a dental device. They come to work early and set things up. They encourage me all through the day and then at the end of the day, they are there cleaning everything up. I want to take a moment and thank the dental assistants I have been lucky enough to work with. You do so much.


In my best days practicing dentistry, when the crowns look perfect or the patient says the denture feels good, when the patient brings in cookies to thank the office, in those moments, there always was a dental assistant that helped make it happen.

In my darkest days in the dental office, when things are going poorly, and I am overwhelmed, or when I have to make it right, when I have to do some procedure that makes me feel like pins and needles, in those moments, there always was a dental assistant that cheered me up and walked through it with me.

In my busiest days practicing dentistry, when I am dog tired, and I can do no more at the end of the day, when we all ran from room to room like a Scooby Doo chase scene, when I feel like we have seen my entire patient population in one day, and I feel like I have given everything I could give, there always is a dental assistant that has given more.

I want to stop for a moment and thank all the dental assistants that have worked with me over the years practicing dentistry. I especially want to thank my team now. You guys give so much and I don’t say thank you enough.

About the author.

Dr. Darbro currently practices at Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics.  He has been practicing dentistry since 1996. He is married and has three children. He enjoys playing music,  studying/teaching the Bible, and vacationing in Hawaii.  Connect with Dr. Darbro via



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About Dr. Matthew Darbro DDS

Dr. Matthew Darbro graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry since 1996. He currently practices in Glendora Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics in Southern California. He has been leading CEREC® CAD/CAM study clubs for over two years in the Southern California area. He has been on the Citrus College Advisory Board for Dental Assisting and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for Western University of Health Sciences. His passions include CEREC CAD/CAM, creating wellbeing in the dental field, and developing future dental leaders.