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Updated 9 hours ago

On the job training - 1 Reply

I was wondering how did you get the postion? I have an interview very soon for a dental assistant postion and I just graduated from high school with...


Updated 3 days ago

Can a felon become a dental assistant? - 62 Replies

[QUOTE who="Escott_j"]I would contact the state dental board where his wishes to set up his practice and inquire of them. I graduated the Top of...


Updated 14 days ago

Is dental assisting a good career - 184 Replies

Do anyone here work for a corporate Dental Office..Is it better than a Private practice???


Updated 22 days ago

10 week programs vs. 10 month program - 56 Replies

[QUOTE who="jen in Augusta, Maine"]i dont know about new hampshire, but I am taking a 10 week course in South Portland Maine. its called The Dental...


Updated 1 month ago

RDA vs CDA? - 136 Replies

Hello. I want to become a dental hygenist but I dont even know where to start? Should I try my county college? A specific school? Certifications?...


Updated 1 month ago

How To Get My Foot In The Door - 89 Replies

I just turned 22 and I started Assisting when I was 20. I got in 1 year experience as an assistant before having to move unexpectedly. It was the...


Updated 1 month ago

"Can't find a entry level job as a DA I." - 25 Replies

I’m having the same problem as well only I was able to land a dental job and kept it for almost a year before having to move out of town. I had high...


Updated 1 month ago

RDA test, is easy or not? - 599 Replies

[QUOTE who="erica in Fresno, California"]i honestly dont remember now, i think they asked about the distant you should be kept away and about the the...


Updated 1 month ago


Trust me , I believe you .I was one for 27 years and a friend of mine is on Disability because the Dentist through suction on her , verbally abused...


International dentist applying for dental assistant

I am international dentist with 6+ experience and moved to US and become registered dental assistant seeking for a job , the question is when they...


Do you know anyone looking for an EFDA job in or near Madison, Ohio?

I am trying to find a certified EFDA for a very reputable company in the Madison, Ohio area. Are there any schools in the area that might have new...


Updated 2 months ago

discouraged about dental assisting - 14 Replies

I went to school for dental assisting and then worked for 3 different offices since I graduated . I worked for one great orthodontist before...


Updated 2 months ago

Are the shorter dental assistant training schools worth it? - 386 Replies

[QUOTE who="EDDIE in Carrollton, Texas"]I see that you live in Temple,Texas. The places where you live makes a BIG difference. I live in the dallas...

Carolyn Arnell 313

Updated 2 months ago

Dental Assisting no experience or training - 2 Replies

Hello I am 57 and I am a RDA in Texas but now living in Longmont Colorado. I really need some advice on what I should do to gain experience with...


Updated 2 months ago

middle age, want to start school? - 4 Replies

HI Kathy, I came across this email and I was shocked on how the feedback was for age discrimination, NO NO !!! If you want to be a Dental Assistant...


Updated 2 months ago

Dental Software - 32 Replies

I just started working w/ a new office whose version of dentrix is quite different from my previous office. I access it only from a clinical aspect...


Dental assistant

I've reached 20+ yrs in Dental assisting...realized I'm done with this field. I'm temping now ,barely have the desire to assistant. I BELIEVE it all...


Taking the exam for certification

I have been working as a dental assistant for 3 years now. Recently thought that it would be nice to get a certificate in this field. Tried to scout...


Updated 3 months ago

Feeling super anxious about my new job as a DA - 1 Reply

Hi, I totally understand your situation and I've been going through pretty much the same. I have worked at many different offices and they all are...


Updated 3 months ago

Is dental assisting school worth it for an experienced dental assistant? - 1 Reply

PS: I mean I learned everything I know from job, not I know everything about the job.

Krista Alvarez

Updated 4 months ago

RDA looking to become former RDA - 1 Reply

I'm in the same boat. Look into being a Steri Tech at a hospital. We already have infection control down and basic sterilizing. Good benefits, room...


Updated 4 months ago

What is it like being a dental assistant - 223 Replies

[QUOTE who="GBP in Las Vegas, New Mexico"]This is by far the most negative comment I have read.. I am a dental assistant and a very happy one, been...


Updated 4 months ago

Any RDAEF2's out there?? - 1 Reply

HI did you ever join an EF2 program? The fade institute in Eldorado Hills is a good program. I am currently doing it now. They do payment plans as...

Academy for Dental Assistants

Updated 4 months ago

Anyone know of weekend certification courses for Expanded Function and x-ray? - 7 Replies

We are a Florida Board of Dentistry Approved Dental Assistant Training School. If you have a minimum of 3 months experience and can perform the EFDA...


Updated 4 months ago

Refresher Course - 6 Replies

Hello, I have a certificate of dental assistant and dental hygienist from another country. I worked as a dental assistant a few years ago and I want...


Updated 5 months ago

Dental Assistant Position - 29 Replies

[QUOTE who="rg in Boston, Massachusetts"]Massasoit community college in canton,ma[/QUOTE] Check porter and Chester intistute in canton , ma .


Updated 5 months ago

Dental Assisting is a JOKE - 1 Reply

[QUOTE who="CaseyMichelle in Seymour, Tennessee"]So, I’ve never been more frustrated in my life. I finished my DA course in March and completed my...

Loender in Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Updated 5 months ago

EFDA Salaries - 7 Replies

I work in an FQHC as an EFDA where I have been employed for 2 years in Pottstown, PA. This has been my first job since I have completed a two year...

Experienced doc

Updated 5 months ago

Dental Assistant wanting to open my own dental office - 19 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...

amy in Gloucester, United Kingdom

Updated 5 months ago

downside of dental assisting?? does your hands, back ever get injured? - 85 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...

Karen in Austin, Texas

Updated 6 months ago

Dental Assisting Program in Austin Texas? - 6 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...

KarenRDA in Tennessee

Updated 6 months ago

Pay starting out as a new RDA?! - 1 Reply

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...

jobird in Manassas, Virginia

Updated 6 months ago

Starting New Career - 1 Reply

Hi everyone, I currently reside in Sugar Land, Texas where I will be beginning a new second career in dental assisting. I am not quite sure what...

Jessi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Where to Extern as a DA/EFDA!?

Currently in school for EFDA. My school helped me an office but i hated it there, was treated like a janitor instead of a DA. I stayed for 6 weeks...

Tea in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Updated 6 months ago

Dental assistant in corrections interview - 2 Replies

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...

Cassidy Richard in Pitkin, Louisiana

Updated 6 months ago

Working Abroad - 4 Replies

hey there, i'm a 17 year old girl from germany and I'm doing my apprenticeship as an dental assistant right now here... it will takes 3 years and...

KarenRDA in Tennessee

coronal polishing course

I have signed up to take the 2 day course on Coronal Polishing in July and I am wondering how hard is it? Can you recall any of the questions they...

KarenRDA in Tennessee

Updated 7 months ago

Dental Assistants- Post your salary here Thread (Please be honest) - 7 Replies

I would like to start a thread where active Dental Assistants can post their salaries, especially if they've recently found a job. Dental Assistants...

Ssgirl in Reading, Pennsylvania

Updated 8 months ago

EFDA - 444 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

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...


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...

aviera87 in West New York, New Jersey

Updated 10 months ago



Lisettek79 in Conyers, Georgia

Updated 11 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 11 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 12 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 12 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...

FlossME in Los angeles, California

Updated 12 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?

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