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On the job training

I just started a new job as a dental assistant. I am being trained on the job with no dental history. It has only been my first week and I feel soooo...

Melly in Sykesville, Maryland


I'm looking on the DANB wesbite and two of the five certification exams offered in order to become a dental assistant are the National Entry Level...

jenny44 in New Castle, Delaware

Updated 18 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...

GBP in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Updated 21 days ago

What is it like being a dental assistant - 215 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...


Why is it so hard to find a dental job!

I have been looking so hard for a dental office to work at but no one wants to give you a chance. Is there any advice anyone can give me on finding...

Texas in Houston, Texas

Updated 28 days ago

Can a felon become a dental assistant? - 60 Replies

I was convicted of growing a large amount of pot back in the day (10 years ago), Does that disqualify my to find a job as a DA? How far back would...

Lily in Manteca, California

Updated 1 month ago

RDA test, is easy or not? - 577 Replies

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

aviera87 in West New York, New Jersey

Updated 1 month ago



Lisettek79 in Conyers, Georgia

Updated 2 months ago

Any tips on taking digital x-rays?! - 7 Replies

Can anyone give me any tips on taking digital x-rays? I am in my extern right now and I'm taking bad anterior and posterior PA's! Does anyone have...

Cloudsx in New York

Dangers in becoming a dental assistant

Hello, I was considering going into dental assisting. Reasons why I’m interested: -find teeth fascinating -had bad experiences as a patient and...

Linda in San Antonio, Texas

Updated 3 months ago

Dental or Medical Assistant? - 10 Replies

I was a medical assistant for 5 years, the most I ever made was $12.50. The last time I worked in a med office was 3 years ago. So now I've been...

A student in North Richland Hills, Texas

Getting my certification online?

So I'm considering looking into Dental Assisting as a possibility for me. My local community college offers a 22 week aacredited course, but I can't...

A doctor in Houston, Texas

Updated 3 months ago

Dental Assistant Training Schools (DATS) of Florida .. Anyone hear of them? - 5 Replies

My wife is from the Philippines and is in the US on a "green card". She has a BS degree in Computer Science from a college in the Philippines. Well,...

adella in Lodi, California

Updated 3 months ago

Is there a demand for RDAEF's? - 33 Replies

I am a DA, working on eventually getting my RDA as soon as I can. I would like to then become an RDAEF. I was wondering though if there is a need for...

Robin in Medina, Ohio

Updated 3 months ago

Is dental assisting a good career - 179 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...

FlossME in Los angeles, California

Updated 4 months ago

Private Practice no overtime pay (illegal? or not) Ca - 4 Replies

I work in this private general dental practice M~thursday. I work about 10 hours a day (not counting lunch which would make it an 11 hour day work)....

Anum in WORCESTER, Massachusetts

Foriegn Trained dentist in Massachusetts

Hi, I'm a Foriegn trained dentist.Can FTD work as a dental assistant in Massachusetts? What certifications will I need to do?

Anum in WORCESTER, Massachusetts

Updated 4 months ago

how to become RDA? - 74 Replies

Hi, My friend is a licensed dentist in the philippines, she just migrated to California, what are the requirements to become a registered dental...

Dental Assistant Coach in Syracuse, New York

Dental Assistant Resume

If you need an updated revamped resume to standout, please feel free to reach out to me at Standout, don't get...

Dental Assistant Coach in Syracuse, New York

Updated 4 months ago

Are the shorter dental assistant training schools worth it? - 383 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...

Dental Assistant Coach in Cicero, New York

Updated 4 months ago

I need some advice - 1 Reply

Ok to start off I have been a dental assistant for about 4 years. My previous job was fast paced and busy and that is where I met my Dr. She asked me...

Dental Assistant Coach in Cicero, New York

Updated 4 months ago

Having no experience - 191 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...

Dental Assistant Coach in Cicero, New York

Updated 4 months ago

Dental Assisting no experience or training - 1 Reply

I really want to go into the dental field I started a dental assistant program but I have two kids and I need money coming in. I decided to quit and...

Dental Assistant Coach in Cicero, New York

Updated 4 months ago

DA Job Review - 1 Reply

I would only recommend this field if you can handle bullying and a majority of condescending doctors. Unfortunally, I don't think I am able to be...

LoveisNichole in Illinois

Updated 4 months ago

Coronal polishing course - 11 Replies

Hi guys, I will really appreciated guys if any one could help me to find out how to be certified coronal polishing in NC Raleigh area. I just...

Karen in Austin, Texas

Updated 4 months ago

Dental Assisting Program in Austin Texas? - 5 Replies

I need some advice on the best school to attend for Dental Assisting in Austin, TX. I've become so frustrated searching online. Everest Institute has...

Anthony in Oakland, California

RDA Exam Study Guides

Good Morning Fellow Dental Assistants. I am applying to the Dental Board for my RDA Exam and I would like to ask if anybody would like to sell ...

steph in Garden Grove, California

Updated 6 months ago

Little tips and tricks to be the best - 93 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...

Sdobbins55 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Updated 6 months ago

How To Get My Foot In The Door - 86 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....

Enes in Newark, New Jersey

15 Weeks Dental Assistiant and Radiology Program

I've been looking for colleges and schools for Dental Assistant programs but as they're all quite expensive for me, lastly I found a technical school...

Instructor in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Updated 7 months ago

RDA vs CDA? - 132 Replies

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

Clav25 in Los Angeles, California

Updated 7 months ago

Dental assistant in corrections interview - 1 Reply

Hi guys. I have an interview at a prison in California for an rda position. Im wondering if theres anyone on here who can give me a few pointers on...

Jles in Chicago, Illinois

Dental assistant


Cshummy in Las Vegas, Nevada

Dental assistant

Anyone know of any legit online websites for continuing education for dental assistant that are free and accepted by the dental board. Also I'm a...

Whispers84 in Tampa, Florida

Updated 8 months ago

Anyone know of weekend certification courses for Expanded Function and x-ray? - 6 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...

Dentalassistant1984 in Palmdale, California

Updated 8 months ago

"Can't find a entry level job as a DA I." - 22 Replies

Hello, I'm currently a DA I that is looking for a entry level position. I have had 4 interviews but, that is as far as I get.Everyone is looking for...

santa martha in Ontario, California

Updated 8 months ago

How to find an internship?? - 14 Replies

I am considering starting a 11 week dental assistant program and you have to find yourself an internship. I am a little worried because I don't know...

rmsdmd@*****.*** in Bay Shore, New York

Can't view resumes

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Teresacda2 in Pikesville, Maryland

Updated 8 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...

Bonnie J Bazydlo BS RT T in Syracuse, New York

Updated 9 months ago

Salary for DA and RDA - 237 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...

Stephanie Schumann in Richmond, Texas

Updated 9 months ago

starting back into dental assisting - 14 Replies

hi I was a dental assistant for about 3 1/2 years about 6 years ago. Left the field for personal issues. Now I want to go back into it but not sure...

Paya The Papaya in Los Angeles, California

How do I become a Dental Assistant?

In less than a month, I'm moving to Santa Barbara with my nephew (he's coming from Taiwan to go to college here) and we're moving in together. I was...

Nora in Rockwall, Texas

Updated 10 months ago

Struggling - 1 Reply

Here's the jist; I have been assisting in a general dentistry office with three employees; myself, the doctor, and a CDA who is the...

dr.stewartdental in Granada Hills, California

Updated 10 months ago

Dental temp agencies in Los Angeles? - 7 Replies

I'm going to have to move away from the bay area, it's been almost six months with no job. I am going to move with friends in the Los Angeles area....

Medic406 in Macomb, Michigan

Dental assistant/ specialty office , pay increase

What kind of pay increase should i be looking for on my anniversary date?

Medic406 in Macomb, Michigan

Dental assistant/ specialty office , pay increase

What kind of pay increase should i be looking for on my anniversary date?

dhsabr in Kent, Washington

Updated 11 months ago

Berkshire College - Seattle (KENT) - Has anyone attended this school?? - 1 Reply

I am planning on attending Berkshire College located in Kent, Washington (about 20 minutes outside of Seattle) and was wondering if anyone has taken... in South Jordan, Utah

How long did it take you to feel comfortable chairside assisting?

I'm currently doing my dental assisting internship and while I love dentistry and what I'm learning, I feel anxious and scared every day. It's making...

Bere Ramos in Mesquite, Texas

First time in this carrier

Hi, I was going thru this web site and I really like the opinions about other people I like to hear about yours experiences. I'm barely starting my...

mimiyuki in Encinitas, California

Cancelling license

I am not working as an RDA and I don't want to renew my license but I am not sure how to cancel my license other than just waiting for 5 years for it...

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