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gkenney777 @ gmail. com in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updated 12 months ago

Getting back into the Dental field - 1 Reply

Hi, I have worked as a dental assistant for 2 years. I moved to Albany,ny 4 years ago and haven't worked in a dental office since then. I am trying...

Thinking in Oshawa, Ontario

Updated 15 months ago

Dental Assistant...A Good Career Change? - 188 Replies

I'm looking to make a switch in my career from business to the dental field. I have done a bunch of research as for options and schools, and found...

Janelizabeth in Bremerton, Washington

Currently in school

Hello all, I am currently in dental assisting school. The first part is online. The first few chapters in my book focus on body systems, bones in...

Hatedentalassisting2 in Seattle, Washington

Updated 17 months ago

Unappreciated Assistants? - 198 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...

Samantha_ in Chicago, Illinois

Has anyone gone to Dorsey for Dental Assisting?

I'm thinking about going to Dorsey for the Dental Assisting Program. Is it a decent school to go to for training?

Danyell in Independence, Iowa

Registration question

I just finished dental assisting school and I didn't LOVE it like I always thought I would. I recently also found out I'm pregnant, so I'm curious...

Kalia in Fresno, California

Updated 18 months ago

What is the difference? - 22 Replies

What is the difference in being a certified dental assistant (CDA) vs.a registered dental assistant?(RDA)

Nelly in Paterson, New Jersey

Updated 18 months ago

Dental Xray License: - 3 Replies

PLEASE HELP ME!! I just now joined this site and am in need of some serious assistance. I'm in the dental assisting/admnistrative prospective area...

Jillyjill916 in Southfield, Michigan

Dental Assisting Doubts

Does anyone in this field feel like they have had enough and no longer want to be a dental assistant?? Don't get me wrong. My job physically is...

Roger R. in Downey, California

Updated 19 months ago

Dental Assistant wanting to open my own dental office - 18 Replies

I have been a dental assistant for 10 years. I am thinking about opening my own practice. I sit at work and constantly think of how I would run...

CJ in Cincinnati, Ohio

Updated 19 months ago

10 week programs vs. 10 month program - 51 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...

Rebekah Horn in Wentzville, Missouri

CDA anywhere?

If Im a CDA in Missouri. Can I assist and take radiographs anywhere in the U.S? Preferably Flordia but anywhere really. Please Help?

DA in San Jose, California


Hi there, I just graduated from a Dental Assisting program and I had an interview yesterday and I was offered 12 dollars an hour. I live in the Bay...

13jenwalker in Frankfort, Indiana

Updated 19 months ago

? about working interview - 181 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...

jemsinjk in Nashville, Tennessee

Pay starting out as a new RDA?!

I live in TN and all the offices I've interviewed at pay $11-$13 starting out which seems pretty low to me...I recently took a position at a...

tiffyarneson in Hemet, California

where can I find an office that is willing to offer an intern/externship?

I went to a small and short dental assisting program in 2012. The program did not offer an externship. So fast forward to 2016, I have yet to find a...

Cheryl in Bristol, Connecticut

Updated 20 months ago

Refresher Course - 2 Replies

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...

o2bknd in Santa Barbara, California

Updated 21 months ago

Just out of school where should I apply? - 1 Reply

Hi $ I went to a 10 week dental assisting program. I am wondering if I should apply at major corporations because they have on the job training, or...

Joseph Vanderhoff Jr in San Bernardino, California

Updated 21 months ago

Intern/Extern at the office? - 12 Replies

Many times these girls are working for little pay or no pay. I always try and teach / help/ encourage them as much as I can to prepare them for...

Keda in Hinesville, Georgia

Updated 22 months ago

Becoming a Dental Assistant in Georgia - 207 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...

BozOlivia in Dallas, Texas

Updated 22 months ago

Did you feel prepared when you first started working? - 1 Reply

I'm currently in the last term of my dental assisting program and I still feel really unprepared to start working. I'm currently interning at two...

Fedup322 in Ossining, New York

Updated 23 months ago

How Crazy is the Dentist you work for? - 10 Replies

How insane is the dentist you work with ? Let me hear some storys? And why do you like your job ?

Dental Assistant in Slidell, Louisiana

Should your office provide x-Ray badges?

Hello, I have been an assistant for 7 years and recently found out I am 5 weeks pregnant. I was not overly concerned about my exsposure to X-rays but...

Heather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Overtime for dental asst

I am a dental assistant that is being trained on the job and I'm currently still in training I currently worked the last pay period over 110 hours ....

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...

Js in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updated 26 months 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...

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 28 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...

Still trying in Fenton, Missouri

Updated 28 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...

Q in Bend, Oregon

Updated 29 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 29 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

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 30 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 31 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...

queenbreezie in San diego, California

Updated 31 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 31 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 31 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 32 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 33 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 34 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 34 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...

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 34 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...

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