What does a dental assistant do?
- Processing x-rays
- Applying sealants and other applications
- Topical anesthetic training
- Proper usage of different dental instruments
- Miscellaneous Administrative tasks (billing, patient records, appointments, etc.)
- Preparing patients for procedures and treatments
- Training in proper oral hygiene
What’s the job outlook for dental assistants?
How can you get a dental assistant certification?
While some states don’t require formal education to become a dental assistant, other states require potential dental assistants to pass an exam and receive certification.
Many schools offer certification programs to get trained as a dental assistant. And these programs are comparatively short — most programs can be completed in nine to eleven months. Some schools even offer accelerated training, part-time education programs, or remote training, making it easy to fit these programs into your schedule!
There are several places where you can find details about individual dental assistant programs: