material, manpower, civilian personnel matters,
enlisted training, and the implementation of policy and
standards pertaining to management functions.
Director of Branch Dental Clinics
The director of a branch dental clinic is a dental
officer who is the senior leader at each branch dental
clinic. Each branch should have one director who is
responsible for providing comprehensive, high quality
outpatient oral health care to eligible beneficiaries.
They are assigned by and are responsible to the
commanding officer for the coordination of clinical
and administrative services, via the executive officer.
All orders issued by the director of a branch dental
clinic will be regarded as proceeding from the
OF THE DENTAL TECHNICIAN
The DT rating was first established by the
Secretary of the Navy on 12 December 1947. On 2
April 1948 the rating became effective, authorizing
Dental Technicians to wear the dental rating badge.
Dental Technicians and Hospital Corpsmen now make
up Occupational Field XIV (14), Health Care. Figure
1-2 illustrates the dental rating badge.
DTs have earned an enviable reputation over the
years. Past and present members of the DT rating have
been, and continue to be, a responsive and dedicated
force of professional men and women, integrally and
loyally committed to operational readiness and the
health and well-being of Navy and Marine Corps
personnel, ashore and afloat, around the world. Your
professional, technical, and contingency skills are and will
continue to be an essential element in accomplishing
the mission of the Navy Medical Department. The
dental health care mission of the DT rating and the
supportive services you provide can never be taken
lightly, and are vital to the personnel you serve.
Basic Dental Assistants are assigned to assist
dental officers in naval dental centers, naval hospitals,
dental departments of ships and stations, naval mobile
construction battalions (NMCBs), and Fleet Marine
Force (FMF), and dental battalions and companies.
Assignments to duty stations are made by the DT
detailers and are made on the basis of billet structure,
Figure 1-2.Dental rating badge.
personnel qualifications, and the desires of each
member. As a basic dental assistant, you will be
qualified to perform numerous general duties.
Basic Dental Assistants duties can vary depend-
ing on where you are assigned. You must always
remember to remain flexible, meaning one day you
could be a chairside assistant, assisting a dentist with
patient care. Or you could be assigned to the front
desk, preparing patients and dental records for dental
treatment that day. Here are some of the duties of the
DT rating that vou must be qualified to perform:
Assisting a dental officer in treating patients.
Maintaining the central appointment desk, daily
dental appointments, and dental office records.
Preparing dental treatment records, including
dental charts under the direction of dental
Performing oral prophylactic treatments (dental
tooth polishing) and removing supragingival
calculus (dental tarter above the gum line) under
the supervision of a dental officer.
Performing preventive dentistry treatments and
instructing patients in oral hygiene under the
supervision of a dental officer.