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Updated 22 hours ago

What is it like being a dental assistant - 225 Replies

To become a dental assistant you don't need a degree like a hygienist does, but it can be very difficult to get your foot in the door. In the past...


Updated 22 hours ago

Dental or Medical Assistant? - 12 Replies

[QUOTE who="ValeryV in Jacksonville, Florida"]Hello, I’m currently 22 years old and I am interested in the health field so I either want to become a...


Updated 9 days ago

Having no experience - 192 Replies

Just a general question for dental assistants in los-Angles area- orange and south orange county. How would you like to be highly trained in a crash...


Updated 10 days ago

downside of dental assisting?? does your hands, back ever get injured? - 86 Replies

I have been a Certified Dental Assistant for 12years in May. I have been with the same office mostly. The pay is well under what I should be getting...


Updated 18 days ago

RDA vs CDA? - 137 Replies

[QUOTE who="jill123 in Bogota, New Jersey"]I have my xray license now for about 25 yrs now my new boss wants us to all get certified if we failed the...


Updated 19 days ago

starting back into dental assisting - 15 Replies

[QUOTE who="Stephanie Schumann in Richmond, Texas"]I have been an RDA for 25 yrs. My doctor retired in 2015 and new doctor took over. He let me go...


Updated 27 days ago


[QUOTE who="Hello in Spokane, Washington"]If you hate dental assisting so much then why are you all complaining about it? No one is forcing you to...


Updated 1 month ago

RDA test, is easy or not? - 600 Replies

If. Any one has test question or suggestion please let me know if I dont pass won't have job any longer...

Journeymoon in Dallas, Texas

Updated 2 months ago

Dentist That Are Not Satisfied - 13 Replies

Next week I'm graduating from American Red Cross Dental Assisting Program. Let's just say I have mix reviews. I've been working really hard but, I...


Updated 2 months ago

How to gain experience. - 7 Replies

[QUOTE who="Sonia in San Diego, CA in Tijuana, Mexico"]I graduate in Jan in the Dental Assistant fiel, it has past five months and I have not found a...

Courttt in Michigan

Updated 2 months ago

Is dental assisting a good career - 185 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...

Vivis in Warrenville, Illinois

Updated 2 months ago

On the job training - 1 Reply

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...

I_Mont2822 in Texas

Updated 2 months ago

Can a felon become a dental assistant? - 62 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...

Rubel13 in Kendall Park, New Jersey

Updated 3 months ago

10 week programs vs. 10 month program - 56 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...

DesireDA1 in Georgia

Updated 3 months ago

How To Get My Foot In The Door - 89 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....

DesireDA1 in Georgia

Updated 3 months ago

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

Omnya in Woburn, Massachusetts

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...

rd1111 in King George, Virginia

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...

Gabrielsmom112415 in Miami, Florida

Updated 4 months ago

discouraged about dental assisting - 14 Replies

i went to a fast program school for dental assisting i am doing my externship right now and should be done in a couple of school i loved...

BIANCA in Dallas, Texas

Updated 4 months ago

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

Carolyn Arnell 313 in Longmont, Colorado

Updated 4 months ago

Dental Assisting no experience or training - 2 Replies

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...

heidinono62@*****.*** in Lombard, Illinois

Updated 4 months ago

middle age, want to start school? - 4 Replies

any thoughts on somebody my age (55), bored with housewifing. Let's say I complete DA school, how realistic is it to get hired as a DA with no...

Jennb in Orange Park, Florida

Updated 5 months ago

Dental Software - 32 Replies

Hi, Currently my office is using Dentrix software. I love this dental program because it is easy to navigate since it is Windows-based. I am...

Liz801 in Grand Prairie, Texas

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...

Irrie in Brooklyn, New York

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...

Flosseveryday in Bronx, New York

Updated 6 months ago

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

I graduated from my DA program almost 3 years ago. I spent a year and a half working as a dental assistant, then i took a year off to complete my...

Shining in Bronx, New York

Updated 6 months ago

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

Hi, I am a dental assistant working in New York City and thinking about taking an DA course from a continuing education program of a college. It is...

Krista Alvarez in saco, Maine

Updated 6 months ago

RDA looking to become former RDA - 1 Reply

I've been a DA for 6 years and an RDA for 2 years. I'm tired of this career/profession and am looking for a new job outside of dentistry. I want a...

christine in Stockton, California

Updated 6 months ago

Any RDAEF2's out there?? - 1 Reply

Hey there, I'm interested in becoming and RDAEF2. Anyone out there willing to share their experiences and advice on the program and how the EF2...

Academy for Dental Assistants in Tampa, Florida

Updated 6 months ago

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

Shif in Saint Louis, Missouri

Updated 7 months ago

Refresher Course - 6 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...

Zoe in Randolph, Massachusetts

Updated 7 months ago

Dental Assistant Position - 29 Replies

I am searching for a dental assistant for my organization. Anyone have any suggestions on finding candidates. my email is

FedUpRDA in South Pasadena, California

Updated 7 months ago

Dental Assisting is a JOKE - 1 Reply

So, I’ve never been more frustrated in my life. I finished my DA course in March and completed my externship in April of this year. I am now an RDA. ...

Loender in Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Updated 7 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 8 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...

Karen in Austin, Texas

Updated 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 12 months ago



Lisettek79 in Conyers, Georgia

Updated 13 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...

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...

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