Whether you’re in dental assisting school or just starting your first job, it can be tough to figure out how to take your career to the next level. We thought it a good idea to go straight to the ones who know best for their advice: dental assistants themselves.
Read a few pieces of dental assisting wisdom below.
You can never learn too much.
My advice for those considering a career within the dental field is to study and gain as much knowledge as possible. My work in the general dentistry, surgical and now orthodontics fields has given me a high spectrum of knowledge in dentistry. You can never learn too much in this field!
-Kristen L., CDA, COA
Observe and ask questions.
My advice to anyone trying to further their career would be never ever give up and always listen. Sometimes things aren’t learned from a book, but from observing and asking questions. You are never ever too old to learn and live what you do.
-Cheryl B. CDA
Become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA).
If you want to take your career to the next level I would stress becoming an EFDA and earning DANB certification. It is a joyous moment when I see my dental assisting students who worked hard become certified by DANB.
-Don F., CDA
Focus on patients.
Dental assisting is not just about production or procedures. It’s about people — living, caring, and feeling people. There is joy in seeing kids excited about coming to the dentist. I love that about my job!
-Tracy G., CDA
What’s the best advice you’ve received? Tell us in the comments!