What is Dental Assisting?

02.05.2021 04:32 PM

Written by Erin Stalcup for World Education

Have you ever wondered what a dental assistant actually does? Why do they get the great pay they get? Surely that must be a hard job if it requires a certification, right? Let’s find out!


According to the Dental Assisting National Board the median salary of a certified dental assistant is $21.00/hr. They make this amount because what they do is integral to a dentist office. A dentist could not do his job if not for the dental assistants doing what they do.


So what do they actually do? Dental assistants provide patient care and support as dentists complete exams and procedures. Dental assistants generally perform polishing or explain proper dental hygiene to patients, but they also work with the dentist on procedures that could benefit from extra help. A brief list of other things dental assistants do include:


        Assisting with dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, and extractions

        Taking & pouring dental impressions (molds of the mouth)

        Preparing patients for surgery

        Operating equipment and monitors

        Talking with patients

        Performing administrative tasks

        Preparing examination areas

        Cleaning up after procedures

        Sterilizing equipment


If this sounds like a doable and fulfilling job you’d enjoy making a career of, World Education is launching a new Certified Dental Assistant program that can be completed in as little as 6 months! The course also includes vouchers for the General Chairside Assisting (GC), Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), and Infection Control (ICE) exams.


When you choose World Education you’ll not only get 24/7 online course access so you can learn on your own time and at your own pace, but you will also have access to a multimedia curriculum that enhances the online learning experience mixed with the traditional effective training methods.


Not only are the certifications needed for this position title covered in this program, we also have job placement assistance to help you get the dream job in the area you want as efficiently as possible upon completion of your training.


Check out the Certified Dental Assistant program on our website and be one of the first to complete this exciting new program today!

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