Everyone who loves their career, regardless of their chosen profession, probably can agree there will be bumps big and small along the career path.

One example of a big bump is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past few months, the pandemic has greatly impacted how everyone works — including dental assistants. In fact, COVID-19 prompted most dental offices to temporarily close starting in mid-March, with dental teams only recently returning to work.

But even in the face of changes related to COVID-19, dental assistants consistently demonstrate their resilience, flexibility and passion for the profession. Below are 3 key reasons you can’t help but love dental assisting, despite any challenge you may encounter.

1. There’s nothing else you’d rather be doing professionally.

Overwhelmingly, dental assistants say they can’t imagine working in any other profession, even in times of high stress. From compassionately providing patient care to expertly managing the schedule and organizing the office, dental assistants are in their element at the practice.

“Overall, I’m very comfortable in my office environment,” says Laura R., CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA. “What has always made my job is the people.”

Eileen O. agrees dental assisting has been the perfect career for her, for a variety of reasons: “Like-minded people, merging their interests in art and science all in one place, the dental office!”

2. Your practice and patients are like family.

Many dental assistants agree their career path has led them to some of their favorite people. Whether it be peers in dental assisting school, dental team colleagues or patients you’ve known for years, some of your most meaningful connections have been cultivated in the dental field. That’s because no one understands the ins and outs of your day quite like someone else with dental experiences.

“I’ve been a dental assistant for over 30 years,” says Rosa S. “I’ve seen babies born and then grow up to have their own. Plus, I’ve had the opportunity to work for a great dentist for my entire career. The practice is my extended family.”

Sue M. has had a similar, positive experience in dental assisting: “After 32 years, I’m still at it! I love my patients, and my co-workers are like family to me now.”


3. Dental assisting is a part of who you are.

Mostly, dental assistants who are back to work following COVID-19 closures welcome gaining some semblance of “normal” professionally. In fact, for many assistants, returning to the dental office is akin to coming home.

“It’s great to be back at work again,” says one dental assistant, after an extended period spent away from the office. “Dental assisting is a part of me that had been missing when I was at home. The closest feeling to my ‘first day back at work’ is that ‘first day of school’ feeling in the fall. Working in the dental office may be a bit different now, but it’s also familiar.”

Anita G. has yet to return to her dental assisting role but looks forward to doing so — as she has been missing working in the dental office. “I love my job,” she says. “Now, I just need to get back to it.”

What do you love about being a dental assistant? Contact us.