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cda#1 in Garner, North Carolina

Updated 5 days ago


Man if only I knew what I was getting myself into. My college advisor told me to become dental assistant. I followed her advice and I finished the...

Sarah in Saint Thomas, Pennsylvania

Updated 7 days ago

Is dental assisting a good career - 153 Replies

My fiance is considering becoming a dental assistant in Syracuse NY. Her father has several dentists as clients in his business, He's telling her...

Brandon in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Updated 10 days ago

RDA test, is easy or not? - 551 Replies

Hi there!! What do you think? if you already took the RDA test please can you tell me your opinion.

Lesnbsu in Troy, Ohio

Pay for dental assistant

Hello dental world I need some help I have just moved from Fort Worth Texas to Dayton Ohio Bc of my husband job I have been a dental Asst for 10 yrs...

LT in Texas

Updated 1 month ago

Salary for DA and RDA - 235 Replies

Hi there! I'm just curious to see what you all get paid as DA's and RDA's? I am just about to graduate my DA program and am a little unsure about...

Js in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updated 1 month ago

have licenses NO EXPERIENCE - 3 Replies

I graduated dental school june of 2010 from the efda program i hold xray and efda license and still have not found a job i'm so frustrated i feel...

sarab in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Updated 1 month ago

How To Get My Foot In The Door - 79 Replies

I just finished dental assisting school in November (a 10 week Class) and I live in a small town and only being 19 no one will give me a second look....

Dr. Alizadeh in London, United Kingdom

Updated 1 month ago


hi all... i am new to this forum.. i am a dentist from india. just passed my B.D.S. degree.. i want to know that can i practice as a Dental...

Des in Smyrna, Delaware

Updated 1 month ago

RDA vs CDA? - 124 Replies

Could someone please explain to me what the difference is between a Registered Dental Assistant & a Certified Dental Assistant? THX!

Whispers84 in Tampa, Florida

Updated 2 months ago

Anyone know of weekend certification courses for Expanded Function and x-ray? - 4 Replies

Hi there, I recently moved to FL. from NYC. Apparently the certification is completely different here and I have not been able to find a job. I...

Bambi in Walsall, United Kingdom

Updated 3 months ago

Little tips and tricks to be the best - 92 Replies

Hi I was hoping other dental assistants would share with me. What do you do that sets you apart from other assistants? or saves time? keeps your...

Daniel in Montréal, Quebec

10 years as a Dental Assistant. Looking for a new carrer, what are my options?

HI there, my partner has been working as a Dental Assistant for about 10 years and recently quit due to unhealthy work environment. My partner is...

Mark 4144 in Florida

Do dental offices not check to see if RDA's are carrying active licenses?

My relative, with a cancelled dental assistant license, can go in a dental office, get a working interview, get hired, then suddenly 3 weeks later,...

William in Monterey Park, California

Updated 3 months ago

How to practice being a Dental Assistant with foreign education and experience?????? - 1 Reply

My wife came to the United States about two years ago. Green card, social security card all is good to go. Here's some info about her: -She...

Rose in Portland, Oregon

Updated 3 months ago

dental xray license - 125 Replies

I got my xray licence 20 years ago and I need to get a copy of it but I have no idea who to contact. Does anyone know?

Still trying in Fenton, Missouri

Updated 3 months ago

thinking of joining temp agency for da jobs - 1 Reply

hi all- i ahve been a da for 10 plus year---seen it all- done it all--worked for a great dds for 7 years then he retired and sold his practice- he...

Bianca Banner in Martinez, California

Updated 3 months ago

Becoming a Dental Assistant in Georgia - 206 Replies

I've been a stay at home mom for the last 12 years and now that my children are in school its time to find a career for me. I've been looking into...

Q in Bend, Oregon

Updated 4 months ago


Hi! I used to be a Dentist graduated in the year 1995 in my country in the Philippines. I have been living now in Beaverton, Oregon for the past 5...

LAURENL in Ashburn, Virginia

Updated 4 months ago

EFDA - 442 Replies

Where are all the efda's at. I have over 23 yrs in the game in phila, wondering what other states have this specialty and what are the salary ranges

Labnjab in Rochester, New Hampshire

Updated 4 months ago

Having no experience - 183 Replies

I'm interested in becoming a dental assistant. I have no experience in the field. Is it possible for dental facilities to hire you without dental...

Elaine de Souza in Delray Beach, Florida

Updated 4 months ago

Are the shorter dental assistant training schools worth it? - 364 Replies

I am looking into Dental Assisting as my next career move. I have looked at several schools and all of them range from 6-12 months long. I found...

nino in Decatur, Georgia


I am a dental assistant who graduated in South Carolina unfortunately I don't have that much experience but I am looking for a job that will hire me...


Updated 5 months ago

Shoul a pregnant DA be taking x-rays - 104 Replies

I was wondering how safe or unsafe is to take x-rays wile being pregnant? Is it ok to refuse?

Researcher in Toronto, Ontario

Canadian dental assistants?

Hi there, I'm looking for people who trained for dental assisting and dental hygiene through programs offered at privately run colleges in Canada to...

Tamearas in Chester, Virginia

Dental Assistant Schoos inVA

I'm a recent high school graduate looking to start my career in the dental field as a dental assistant but I'm having trouble finding a good program....

qteepa2t in Orlando, Florida

Where should I go to Dental Assisting school in or near Los Angeles??ANY HELP WELCOME

I am living in Florida and am moving to Cali but I want to know what the best school for dental assisting would be for me to go to? Do I have to be...

cannismith in Springfield, Missouri

moving states!! help!

I want to move to NYC. I'm planning on taking a dental assisting course in Missouri. Have any assistants here moved states with their certification?...

kayborDA in White Plains, New York

I hate dental assisting

I've been a DA for over 30 years and everything folks say is true!...if you like getting mentally and emotionally abused go into this field, and if...

erin in Pompano Beach, Florida

Updated 6 months ago

South Florida Dental Assisting School - 9 Replies

Has anyone been to this program? Just wanting to find someone who can back up what they sounds too good to be true to find a 12 week program...

Lakeya McLloyd in Florence

Updated 6 months ago


Hi everyone! I've been an assistant for 1 year and i'm cda/rda and i have an x-ray license and i've been on 10 interviews and tommorow makes the 11th...

queenbreezie in San diego, California

Updated 6 months ago

Torn between RN and RDA - 3 Replies

I would really appreciate some advice, as I'm feeling really torn and confused right now about my next move. My dream is to travel the world, and do...

jegloade in Ryde, Australia

Updated 6 months ago

Interview Preparation - 4 Replies

Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming dental assistant interview? Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

Le91 in Hudson, Ohio

Working/ school plan HELP!

Hi everyone, It was always my dream to become a dentist, and that was what I was attending school for years ago, but then was hit with a battle...

little Chihuahua in San Ysidro, California

Updated 6 months ago

Colorado dental assistant moving to California help! - 2 Replies

Hi my name is Alexis thanks for Looking! I'm currently a dental assistant/efda here in aurora Colorado I have been a da for about 10years right out...

Amy in Norwood, Pennsylvania

Updated 7 months ago

Being a dental assistant instructor - 99 Replies

Hello everyone! I have been in the dental field for over 16 years, I have worked both as an assistant and Tx/financial coordinator. I felt like...


Updated 8 months ago

Are you the office maid as well as the assistant? - 1 Reply

This really pissed me off. When I worked as a dental assistant, my boss made me do all the cleaning. This included vaccumiing, mopping floors,...

Lynette in Roanoke, Virginia

Updated 9 months ago

downside of dental assisting?? does your hands, back ever get injured? - 84 Replies

Just wanted to know what the physical attributes of the job are. I have heard of dental hygienist say their wrist hurt, is it the same for dental...

Cheryl Fontyn in Clinton Township, Michigan

Updated 9 months ago

Refresher Course - 1 Reply

Hi, I took a CDA course 3 years ago, did well, worked with a dental surgeon part time for a while continuing with the job I was doing before that. I...

mr combo in trenton, New Jersey

Updated 9 months ago

10 week programs vs. 10 month program - 52 Replies

Hi all! I am looking at different schools in my area for Dental Assisting. There is one school with a 10 month program which looks good but is...

Katri12353 in Baltimore, Maryland

Dental Assistant-hate it!

Easier said than done pulling a Dentist aside to talk to them -if you are being treated wrong. I had been a Dental Assistant for 15 years. I pulled...

karen in Buffalo, New York

Updated 9 months ago

not being paid hourly - 5 Replies

hi all-- has anyone heard of this and it is legal- i was told when i do not have patient in chair or cancel or no show i must punch out and go sit in...

ML in Milford, Connecticut

Fired from office in Trumbull CT, same day an "Intern Started"

I was hired to work in an office in CT, for 3 days a week, on my 3rd week, I came in to find a new face. At the end of the day, I was let go for...

cdabmp in Anonymous, North Carolina

Updated 9 months ago

Unappreciated Assistants? - 192 Replies

I think after 5 years i'm trowing in the towel. I'm not really seeking advice, but more or less wondering if I am alone in my struggle. I started...

suzyque in Sudbury, Massachusetts

Updated 9 months ago

? about working interview - 183 Replies

I have a working interview next week and the dr. wants me to come in as much as possible mon-thurs. I am so nervous because they know I just...


Short dental assistant training programs in AL? Dental assistants in AL?

Does anyone have any experience with any of the shorter programs offered in AL? I've found one that is 10 weeks but won't be offered again until...

MJ in Hastings, Minnesota

Updated 10 months ago

What is it like being a dental assistant - 210 Replies

I have read some other discussions and it seems like many dental assistants hate their jobs. I am considering becoming a dental assistant and would...

Arthur Penn in Fulton, New York

For the purposes of the dental field (assisting/hygienist/dentist) which SINGLE course would be best?

Cardiovascular Perfusion Chiropractic Medicine Medical Imaging/Radiography Medical Technology and Medical Biotechnology Physical Therapy...

ATS Flower Mound in Flower Mound, Texas

Updated 10 months ago

How important is a lot of schooling for RDA? - 1 Reply

I was looking into online courses, and most of them are $1200-$1500. Well, I went to the Texas Board of Dentistry website and all that is required is...

itsa in Dallas, Georgia

Updated 10 months ago

On the job training for dental assisting in GA - 5 Replies

I would love to start a career in Dental assisting. I have been looking for a dentist office that does on the job training in the west Atlanta area....

Msqueent in East Orange, New Jersey

dental assistan

Hello Everyone I am a new graduate from dental assistant school since October of 2014 I thought by NOW! I would of found a position but that is not...

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