Dental Assistant Career Guide
Dental Assistant Career Ratings
Real-Life Dental Assistant Job Profiles
|ID||Job Title||Gender||Age||Earnings||City & State||Date|
|33843||Expanded Functions Dental Assistant||Female||42||$30,000||Levittown, PA||01/01/2010|
|33820||Dental Technician||Female||31||$27,000||Petersburg, VA||01/01/2010|
|33398||Efda Dental Assistant||Female||26||$20,000||Winter Garden, FL||01/01/2010|
|33084||Dental Assistant||Female||35||$14,000||Bossier City, LA||01/01/2010|
|32625||Dental Assistant||Female||44||$15,500||Jacksonville, NY||01/01/2010|
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.
We’re in the process of adding additional content to this Career Guide. Please check back soon.