Is a Career as a Dental Assistant Right for You?

There will always be a demand for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants because people will always need to care for their teeth. There are many appealing facets to this profession, for example dentists make an excellent salary. Their hygienists and assistants can also earn top pay.

It is crucial not to confuse a dental assistant with a dental hygienist, as these are two separate jobs with different qualifications required.

Dental assistants attend school for a shorter period of time than hygienists, therefore they make less on average and their job duties are somewhat different.

The dental assistant has many tasks to perform in a day's work. He or she may capture or develop X-ray images, taking patient vital signs and collecting data.

They also prepare rooms and equipment for new patients, take impressions of teeth, instruct patients on good home dental care and more.

There are so many different tasks and you get to see so many different people in one day it is unlikely you'll get bored on the job.

Education requirements are quite attainable for most individuals who want to pursue this career, whether they are fresh out of high school or already a working adult with a family ready to change careers.

There are colleges and trade schools with dental assistant programs where you can earn a certificate upon finishing the course.

There is also a national exam called the CDA exam that upon successful completion will give the assistant certification on a national level. This gives you a better chance of finding a well-paying job in this field anywhere in the country.

You may start out as a dental assistant, then choose to continue your education in the field. Many employers now offer tuition reimbursement for employees who are going to school to further their position with the company.

For example you may want to transition from assistant to hygienist or even someday become a dentist. If you already work as an assistant during the day, there are night courses and even distance learning home study schools that allow you to earn your degree around your current schedule.

A career in dental assisting is rewarding because you get to help others, and can be lucrative for you. Many dentists offer their employees handsome benefit packages in addition to their pay.

Dental Assistant News:


Northridge Dental Group is Now Offering a Holiday Special on Dental Implants
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Dentist suspended over patient who died from complications after getting 20 teeth pulled
HARTFORD, Conn. EUR” A dentist whose patient died after developing complications while getting 20 teeth pulled will not be allowed to work during a comprehensive review of his practice...

InventHelp Inventor Designs Warmer Scrubs Shirt (TPA-2024)
Founded in Pittsburgh in 1984, InventHelp is attempting to submit the Scrub-S to appropriate companies for their consideration and potential evaluation. (PRWeb December 17, 2014) Read the full story at

A day of Christmas cheer, deep gratitude & wide smiles
Until last Friday, Eugene Gordillo of Oakhurst hadnt seen a dentist for more than 10 years. His tooth has been bothering him for longer than he can remember, and heEUR¦ Click to Continue »..

Stoma Dental Introduces Its Upgraded Disposable HVE and SE Valves at Greater New York Dental Meeting
The new DOVE„˘ HVE and SE valves respond to concerns shared by dental healthcare professionals and patients alike, in that the valves reduce the possibility of reverse flow, or backflow, which can occur when there is greater negative pressure in the patient's mouth than in the evacuator tubing.  Studies demonstrate that backflow occurs in as many as in 1 in 5 patients who close their lips around ...

Porter and Chester Institute Creates and Shares Dental Assisting Infographic
Porter and Chester Institute, a career training school that offers dental assisting at all nine of its Connecticut and Massachusetts campuses, has created an easy-to-follow infographic introducing the profession. (PRWeb December 03, 2014) Read the full story at

Board Considers Discipline Against Enfield Dentist After Patient Death
The state Dental Commission Wednesday afternoon will consider recommendations that Enfield dentist Rashmi Patel, who had an Ellington woman die in his chair after a full-mouth extraction, should never again treat a patient under sedation...

After Patient Death, State Bars Enfield Dentist From Using Sedation
HARTFORD -- The state Dental Commission Wednesday ruled that Enfield dentist Rashmi Patel, who had an Ellington woman die in his chair during after a full-mouth extraction, can never again treat a patient under sedation and must submit to five years of random monitoring of patient files...

Dentist suspended; patient died after teeth pulled
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A dentist whose patient died after developing complications while getting 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed will not be allowed to work until after a comprehensive review of his practice. The Connecticut State Dental Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to suspend the license of ...

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