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kristen in Lilburn, Georgia

52 months ago

i know over in the uk dental assistant have to go to school one to two years then orthodontic therapist go for one year, orthodontic therapist is the same as a orthodontic assistant. its like here in the usa dental assistant and orthodontic assitant are a joke.. its sad we do more work then a dental hygienist

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Kathy in Cocoa, Florida

52 months ago

What also makes me really upset is the "politics of segregation" in ADs and hiring people. For example "Spanish speaking is PREFERABLE","Spanish speaking is MUST". It's just DISCRIMINATION of other assistants by Language. We live in English spoken Country, why someone who speaks Spanish should be preferable? On what basis?!!!Who gave the right to anyone to do these things? I've never seen it in other ads. Why should other people have less chances to find a job?

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kristen in Lilburn, Georgia

52 months ago

thats because the united states cater to everybody else but the usa ..lol

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Smileysuzie in redwing, Minnesota

52 months ago

Kathy in Cocoa, Florida said: What also makes me really upset is the "politics of segregation" in ADs and hiring people. For example "Spanish speaking is PREFERABLE","Spanish speaking is MUST". It's just DISCRIMINATION of other assistants by Language. We live in English spoken Country, why someone who speaks Spanish should be preferable? On what basis?!!!Who gave the right to anyone to do these things? I've never seen it in other ads. Why should other people have less chances to find a job?

Don't even get me started...........................

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nbeck in Stockbridge, Georgia

52 months ago

Veronica in Atlanta, Georgia said: I LIVE IN ATLANTA GEORGIA ,IM THINKING ABOUT ATTENDING SCHOOL TO BE A DENTAL ASSISTANT.DOES ANYONE RECOMMEND ANY GOOD SCHOOLS? ALSO DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE HARD FINDING A JOB FRESH OUT OF DENTAL ASSISTANT SCHOOL?

Dental Careers Incorporated. The website is mydentalcareers.com

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Kelli in Fenton, Michigan

49 months ago

Joe in Lake Forest IL in lake forest, Illinois said: I do very much agree with this. I am a pediatric dentist practicing for ten years. Despite the advice of pretty much every consultant in the industry, we do not track production. Our practice is solely based on the extension of exceptional quality care. We have an exceptional clinical team, but it has taken so long to establish it and maintain it. We have been looking to add more members (in addition to our 3)for over 2 yrs now. We have a core of three highly efficient full-time "Clinical Leaders." We do not use the title "assistant," as I feel it is misleading. Our Clinical Leaders run the show, and deliver exceptional care, and create exceptional positive experiences for all our patients, and and and... We have the most difficult time finding other overachievers with such a level of concern. Their pay rate is very high, and they deserve it. Without our Clinical Leaders, the care we would provide would be severely diminished. It is very difficult, though, finding high-performance leaders. My advice is to ask the doctor: "If I can perform this, take care of that, extend this kind of care to all of our patients, how much is this worth to you?" I have never been asked that question, and over the years I have interviewed hundreds, or perhaps thousands of applicants, and we have had numerous staff come and go. If someone told me, "First I am going to show you what I can do for these patients, for this team, for this practice. Then I want you to tell me what I deserve." - I think they would be blown away by my answer.

Thank you!

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kristend in Lawrenceville, Georgia

49 months ago

kelli in michigan. can u please tell me if a orthodontic assistant is the same as orthodontic therapist .. in the uk they use the term therapist. wondering if the scope of practice is the same. no one seem to answer my question!!! thanks so much!! i think a dental assistant is the same as a dental nuse in the uk, but who knows no one can answer that one to..lol

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DentalGURU2009 in Genoa City, Wisconsin

49 months ago

they do not use the term "assistant " much in the UK or Ire.

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kristend in Lawrenceville, Georgia

49 months ago

thank u dental guru2009 . i was doing research i know its kinda different over there.

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karrie stevens in Brandon, Mississippi

49 months ago

look if u wanna gripe bout the pay then stop doing the work and go in a different field of work while in college no one cares that you don't get paid enough!!no one these days get paid near enough so be happy with what u have. at least you have a job ungrateful PEOPLE!!!!!!

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RDA in North Brunswick, New Jersey

47 months ago

What's wrong with RDA'S or CDA's doing sealants? Or additional chairside duties? Having the qualifications and working chairside with the Dr has given me the best education for knowing how to do the dental procedures.Many dentist's feel we are very qualified and don't understand some of the state regulations. It's not the idea of taking responsibilities from the hygienist or the Dr, but being able to work as a team and utilizing the assistant to their utmost potential.That's why we went to school and continue to take courses, just like hygienist's and Dr's due. We are there to work, not just stand there suctioning and sterilizing, like everyone may think.

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kristen in Lawrenceville, Georgia

47 months ago

u got that right RDA . most people dont know. thats the problem they think because dental nurses dont have a degree ,that all we do is suctioning and sterilizing . only if they really knew.

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Sue in Langley, British Columbia

47 months ago

sierra in Buffalo, New York said: kathy, i don't think you would've had the intellectual capability to do dental hygiene. re-read what i quoted above. if i asked your dentist if you are a "doer" or a "helper" and he said, [i]there is no way i could do as much work as i do without kathy[/i]--doesn't that response confirm the status of your position as a "helper"? you're not making any sense.

as i have said before, the dentist and hygienist could go into an empty practice and see patients independently. however, this would be ridiculously hard (as you/your boss has made clear) so they hire "help." this is not rocket science, kathy.

Sorry, but Hygienists are definitely helpers and not doers. Hygienists help dentists by taking the repetitive duty of scaling off their plate. In our province hyienists cannot administer local anesthetic without a dentist present or diagnose. They are therefore not independent practitioners. Most hygiensts are also unwilling to contribute to the growth of a practice by bringing in new patients, paying for staff etc. They want to be treated like employees and paid like partners. As well, many hygiensts only know how to scale and polish, I have met many who don't know what material is used to fill a root canal or how to take an impression. Not very independent if you ask me.

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Anys6 in Englewood, Colorado

47 months ago

Sue in Langley, British Columbia said: Sorry, but Hygienists are definitely helpers and not doers. Hygienists help dentists by taking the repetitive duty of scaling off their plate. In our province hyienists cannot administer local anesthetic without a dentist present or diagnose. They are therefore not independent practitioners. Most hygiensts are also unwilling to contribute to the growth of a practice by bringing in new patients, paying for staff etc. They want to be treated like employees and paid like partners. As well, many hygiensts only know how to scale and polish, I have met many who don't know what material is used to fill a root canal or how to take an impression. Not very independent if you ask me.

Many hygienists have had prior assistant experience, some have not. Don't assume. Hygienists are providers in an office, some are under direct supervision for some tasks such as anesth. In my state, we are under general supervision. We can give work and give anesth when doc is out and have the liberty of limited diagnosing. Assistants are under direct supervision at all times. The assistants are an asset in our office but they are not providers.

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Dental Hygiene Teacher in Harrisonville, Missouri

47 months ago

Anys6 in Englewood, Colorado said: Many hygienists have had prior assistant experience, some have not. Don't assume. Hygienists are providers in an office, some are under direct supervision for some tasks such as anesth. In my state, we are under general supervision. We can give work and give anesth when doc is out and have the liberty of limited diagnosing. Assistants are under direct supervision at all times. The assistants are an asset in our office but they are not providers.

It is sad that the dental assistant/hygienist wars continue. The US hygienist is not an advanced dental assistant, as is the case in some countries. The money brought in by the hygienist pays for office expenses, including the dental assistant's wages.

Dentists have fought hard to keep control of dental hygienists to dentists. This status impedes autonomy. Under the dental office system, dentists make amazing money off the labor of hygienists. The ADA fights any attempt to allow hygienists to spin off, not because of their need for supervision, but because of the income impact on dentists.
Hypothetically, a dentist could work with his assistant, and then send the patients off to a private hygienist's office for cleaning --only a few States where this model is allowed. But that wouldn't happen often.Dentists want to keep money in house.
One large perio office where I worked tracked production. Every conceivable office expense including materials, equipment, and all office, dental assistant and dental hygienist salaries was covered by 2/3 of the hygienists' fees. Any surgeries or dentist administered perio treatments was gravy.
Hygienists are indeed providers of dental services. Most hygienists admire the dental assistants they work with.I would not want to be in an office that tolerates pitting assistant against hygienist.

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kristen in Duluth, Georgia

47 months ago

some people need to do thier reseach. The united states is so far behind, go do some reseach into dental nurses and orthodontic therapist in the uk!!! I think hygienist and dental assistant are both providers. orthodontic therapist is a orthodontic assistant samething. the only differents ,is that in the uk that dont play when it comes to edu in the dental field like here in the states.

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Grace Kelly in South Dakota

47 months ago

Sue in Langley, British Columbia said: Sorry, but Hygienists are definitely helpers and not doers. Hygienists help dentists by taking the repetitive duty of scaling off their plate. In our province hyienists cannot administer local anesthetic without a dentist present or diagnose. They are therefore not independent practitioners. Most hygiensts are also unwilling to contribute to the growth of a practice by bringing in new patients, paying for staff etc. They want to be treated like employees and paid like partners. As well, many hygiensts only know how to scale and polish, I have met many who don't know what material is used to fill a root canal or how to take an impression. Not very independent if you ask me.

obviously gutta-percha

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Sarah Wright in Rome, Georgia

47 months ago

mandy in Rocky Face, Georgia said: Hey, I am about to go to north georgia school of dentistry in lafayette, ga. How do you get a job fresh out of training?

Hey did you ever go to the school and do this? I was thinking about signing up but was wondering if it was worth it and were you able to get a job

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Jennifer in Knoxville, Tennessee

45 months ago

Ashley in Fayetteville, North Carolina said: How long have you been a CDA? Is there a pay difference if you have a BS degree? Also, is there a pay difference if you are a orthodontic assistant? Thanks

I work in Knoxville, TN as an orthodontic assistant. I have been an ortho assistant for over 6 years and I make 17.50/hr w/o any benefits. I love ortho !

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2011 in Saltillo, Mississippi

44 months ago

RDH in Arlington, Virginia said: Well, then PERHAPS that hygienist should've taken a gander at the health history
BEFORE she did anything. Unlike her, I read and update it BEFORE I perform any
treatment. I never SAID that I did not feel responsible for my patients and
their health/lives as a hygienist. However, I felt the original poster was
being a little dramatic saying that she deserved more money because she has
patients lives in her hands on a daily basis. If you would note in another one
of my posts to this message, I am also an RN. THAT, my friend, IS literally
having patients lives "in your hands". Maybe I took a little OFFENSE
to someone who has very little training/education acting like they are saving
lives and are SO responsible. SORRY. It's a known fact that the more
training and education a person has, the more money they will make.If you don't like what you're making, move, or go into a different profession. Flame away. I'm done here!

you are absolutly right they dont have to like but it is what it is

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kristen in Marietta, Georgia

44 months ago

maybe some folks might need to do their research before they assume that dental assistants shouldn't earn more money. research the term" dental nurse" , and "orthodontic therapist: these two careers are the same as the assistants the only difference in the uk its a college program , but in the united states were way behind in edu in the dental field when it comes to the assitants. and yes in the united states it various what expanded duties what a dental assistant can do.

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Anys6 in fort collins, Colorado

44 months ago

The majority of states have no educational requirements for assistants. You could be OJTrained, have certificate or even associates. We also have dentists that will train you in "6 saturdays" for $$$. Certainly EDDA's that are certified should earn more.

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Daisy in East Northport, New York

44 months ago

I have a few years experience as a Dental Receptionist and am wondering if I should try applying for a Dental Assisting position? I am not working right now and I definitely need a good starting salary. It would not be my first choice because I have worked as an assistant years ago and was bored with it. I was also under the impression that a person with a years experience or maybe 1500+ clinical hours may sit for a test to become certified without having to take classes. Is this still true for assistants in NY? Some other q's of mine are if certified assistant make much more money, and if I should remain within General practices or branch out to others such as ortho, perio, or endo? I heard endo and multi-specialists may offer more?? What are your thoughts? Thanks!

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Josey in Delray Beach, Florida

43 months ago

claudia martinez in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: Hello, I live in Fort lauderdale, Fl and Im interested in getting into ortho assisting, but I am finding that the only way to get in is to have experience. Does anyone know of any type of private training or training through a college? I'm not having any luck on my own finding a place to take specialized classes in this field.

Don't do it! Go to hygiene school. Not worth the tuition. It's a thankless job. Overworked and underpaid. Cheap labor. Need I say more?

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Angeladr37@yahoo.com

43 months ago

I am certified in xray,coronal polishing, and I'm certified Expanded Duty in a very busy Pediatric Dental Office in the State of Kentucky. We see closee to 60 kids a day. Can someone tell me a fair hourly pay?

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Angeladr37@yahoo.com

43 months ago

Also, I have work at office over 7 years

Angeladr37@yahoo.com said: I am certified in xray,coronal polishing, and I'm certified Expanded Duty in a very busy Pediatric Dental Office in the State of Kentucky. We see closee to 60 kids a day. Can someone tell me a fair hourly pay?

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rafael in Australia

39 months ago

To all of you guys, in Sydney australia, i am getting 29 dollars per hour as a dental assistant, I thought I could get something similar in america, well probably I wont try travelling to america

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plainjane in San Francisco, California

38 months ago

kathy cassity in Saint Louis, Missouri said: Go for hygiene. More work and harder, but the payoff is much greater. Besides, we all think, "Oh, I'll go back and do hygiene later.". But, later usually doesn't come around. Life and kids do a lot to make going back to school later quite difficult!! You can make $25hr. right out of school, no problem. Here in St. Louis you can make $28-30hr. right out of school!! Do hygiene.

Or you could just move to SF, CA. 32$/hr. RDA

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Kristen in Mount Holly, North Carolina

37 months ago

I am fresh out out dental assisting school just graduated in July I am making $17/hr and sometimes I do temp work and its $21/hr. I did a year program and in NC I am a DAII and I am a CDA. In NC we have DAI's who do like 8 week programs and they start out $8-12, but do not have expanded functions like DAII's.

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Jacquelyn in Fort Myers, Florida

37 months ago

Sounds like you're doing well!! I went through your same type of program in Florida. I started at $12 and I'm up to $19 after 6.5 years. I think NC has a higher payscale for DA's than florida. Cost of living is cheaper there too!! Do you know what the top of the payscale is for DA's there? Here it is around $25.

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assistance4assistants in Carlsbad, California

35 months ago

I OFFER A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP IN TEMPORARY CROWN FABRICATION. My website is www.assistance4assistants.net. If you are in the state of California you can earn 4 CE units by taking my class. You may either take my class here or we can come to you (for a travel fee). These days the competition is incredible and assistants are taking jobs for too low of pay out of desperation. To compete these days, it's imperative that you improve your skills to increase your chances of getting a better paying job. Any edge is better than no edge at all!

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Tyson in Overland Park, Kansas

34 months ago

Well honestly speaking before you go look for a job,you must calculate your bills first,and see what rate would best fits you,don't forget that gas goes up every what is it like two or three months,and house bills,car payments,ect.....and so on,but also know that you must have at least a good 600,or seven hundred that going into your pocket,or into your bank account,just so when the unexpected happens,then you will know what rate to accept or not,trust me,its just like when your selling a product,that first price you give is not really the price your actually looking for,so my advice to you is,being greedy aint a crime,gotta make it happen,when the rent is due you can't tell the land lord oh i will pay you the other half on my next paycheck cause i only make ten dollars lol..

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assistance4assistants in Carlsbad, California

34 months ago

I have been an assistant for 40 years. (Yes, 40 years!) Regardless of the negative input I have ever heard about dental assisting, I have considered it a career, my career. My life has been full and rich with wonderful people that dentistry provided. My closest friends are a huge family of assistants, hygienists and dentists. I am grateful for all of them and all of my experiences and lessons. My advice to anyone considering assisting as a career is this. Do not believe you are going to be worth much by attending a 10 week program. Everyone starts at the bottom and it's up to you to make something of yourself. If you work for someone who disrespects you, keep looking for a new office. Be honest with yourself. If you are continually unhappy, maybe the problem lies with YOU. If your self esteem is low, get some help. I have worked with amazing dentists and staffs as well as doctors that have a lot of "baggage". Rise above. Be proud of what you do, know where to draw the line and improve yourself in your career. Take whatever course comes along. Be a continual student of your field. Always learn. Always grow.
And, in closing, for the doctor who posted that he laughed when an assistant added "RDA" to her name, watch out doc, assistants get the last laugh. :)))))

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kathycassity in Saint Louis, Missouri

33 months ago

sierra in Buffalo, New York said: kathy, i don't think you would've had the intellectual capability to do dental hygiene. re-read what i quoted above. if i asked your dentist if you are a "doer" or a " helper " and he said, [i]there is no way i could do as much work as i do without kathy[/i]--doesn't that response confirm the status of your position as a "helper"? you're not making any sense.

as i have said before, the dentist and hygienist could go into an empty practice and see patients independently. however, this would be ridiculously hard (as you/your boss has made clear) so they hire "help." this is not rocket science, kathy.

Oh, and all these years later, it has gotten only moreso in the office as far as the amount of work that an assiaenat does. In our office, the assistants are trained to make Cerec crowns. The dentist preps the tooth and WE (the Assistants) make the crowns. We do everything that a lab does. WE are the DOERS!!!!As far as my intellectual ability...I have an I.Q. of 140.

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25 year vet in Oxford, New York

33 months ago

Joe in Lake Forest IL in lake forest, Illinois said: I do very much agree with this. I am a pediatric dentist practicing for ten years. Despite the advice of pretty much every consultant in the industry, we do not track production. Our practice is solely based on the extension of exceptional quality care. We have an exceptional clinical team, but it has taken so long to establish it and maintain it. We have been looking to add more members (in addition to our 3)for over 2 yrs now. We have a core of three highly efficient full-time "Clinical Leaders." We do not use the title " assistant ," as I feel it is misleading. Our Clinical Leaders run the show, and deliver exceptional care, and create exceptional positive experiences for all our patients, and and and... We have the most difficult time finding other overachievers with such a level of concern. Their pay rate is very high, and they deserve it. Without our Clinical Leaders, the care we would provide would be severely diminished. It is very difficult, though, finding high-performance leaders. My advice is to ask the doctor: "If I can perform this, take care of that, extend this kind of care to all of our patients, how much is this worth to you?" I have never been asked that question, and over the years I have interviewed hundreds, or perhaps thousands of applicants, and we have had numerous staff come and go. If someone told me, "First I am going to show you what I can do for these patients, for this team, for this practice. Then I want you to tell me what I deserve." - I think they would be blown away by my answer.

You sound like a great Dentist and Boss!! I've been with the same practice for 22 years and I honestly feel like I'm being used. I love to come back from time off and hear my patients tell me how much they missed me and how much smoother it is when I'm there. I NEVER hear it from the boss!! My pay scale is a joke. McDonalds would be a close competitor!!

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Natalya in Saint Paul, Minnesota

32 months ago

I live in Minnesota and just graduated from st.cloud technical college as a dental assistant. I am certified and licensed in the state but I thinking of re-locating to Florida. I was trying to look up information and found that they do not need to be licensed in the state of florida let alone even go to school except do some training?.. I'm not sure what I would need to do if i moved down there.. I obviously wouldnt need to do the training would I? and what would I get paid?

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