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Real-Life Dental Assistant Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Dental Assistant field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33843Expanded Functions Dental AssistantFemale42 $30,000Levittown, PA01/01/2010
33820Dental TechnicianFemale31 $27,000Petersburg, VA01/01/2010
33398Efda Dental AssistantFemale26 $20,000Winter Garden, FL01/01/2010
33084Dental AssistantFemale35 $14,000Bossier City, LA01/01/2010
32625Dental AssistantFemale44 $15,500Jacksonville, NY01/01/2010

Overview

Dental assistants aid dentists with patient care and administrative tasks. They explain procedures, sterilize instruments, assist with treatments, keep records, schedule appointments, and resolve billing issues. Depending on state regulations, they may polish and clean teeth, apply sealant and fluoride, and administer topical anesthetics. Their job requires them to be knowledgeable about safety procedures and wear safety gear to protect them from germs and diseases.

Most dental assistants are full-time employees; however, some assistants obtain part-time work. Their hours can include weekends or evenings, although they typically work standard daytime?shifts during weekdays.

Although requirements vary, most states require dental assistants to be certified. Some states require a formal program of lectures and lab work focused on oral health, the interior mouth, and dental instruments. Students practice skills in a supervised setting. Generally, dental assistants complete their education within a year and may need to pass the Certified Dental Assistant Examination. Other states allow dental assistants to practice with on-the-job training.

Dental visits can be stressful, so dental assistants need to be compassionate, articulate, and reliable. They must be detail-oriented and follow directions. They should also have exceptional listening and organizational skills.

Information from experienced dental assistants will help you decide whether this career is right for you. Read the real-world career profiles below to become more knowledgeable about the tasks that a dental assistant completes during a typical day.


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