Understanding dental materials various classifications is necessary during handling and patient education, such as how to prevent decay or material failure. The dental assistant or dental hygienist must assess the patient to provide individualized education that motivates the patient to maintain dental health. Communication between the provider and patient should be interactive and participatory, which will increase the likelihood for practicing healthy behaviors at home. By providing this instruction, dental providers are helping to improve and maintain the patient’s dental health and the longevity of their dental restorations.