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4 Steps to Take When Looking to Successfully Change Careers

July 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:52 pm
a dental assistant, dentist, and female patient smiling during a typical checkup

The decision to change careers is different for everyone. While some will spend their entire life working in the same field or even at the same company, others often find that their passions take them in a different direction. This desire to shift toward a new opportunity comes with hard work and dedication; however, there are ways to do it successfully. If you are considering enrolling in a dental assistant program and making the switch to pursuing a career in dentistry, here are 4 ways you can do it and start enjoying your chosen vocational path.    


Quiz: Should I Become a Dental Assistant?

June 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:19 pm
a male dental assistant smiling while seated in a treatment room

Are you currently taking dental assistant classes? Are you enjoying the information you’re learning but remain unsure if this is the right career choice for you? It’s not uncommon to begin something new and wonder, “Is this right for me?” Plenty of people start a particular program, job, or task only to discover they don’t enjoy it as much as they thought. To help you regain focus and determine if your future belongs in the field of dentistry, take this quiz!


How to Know if Becoming a Dental Assistant is the Right Career for You

June 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:17 pm
a female dental assistant helping a dentist take care of a young child

Want to make sure you’re choosing the right career? Are your dental assistant classes keeping you engaged? Do you find yourself eager to step into a dentist’s office to begin working? If so, you may have found your passion and are well on your way to establishing yourself within the field of dentistry. But just to be sure, here are a few ways you can tell if serving as a dental assistant is the right career choice for you.


3 Changes You May Notice When Returning to Work as a Dental Assistant

May 26, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:54 pm
a dental assistant working alongside a dentist while caring for a patient’s smile

COVID-19 is continuing to change the way people work, interact, and function day-to-day. With dental offices reopening and staff members returning, the “new normal” looks far different than before. If you are currently in a dental assistant program and working at a local practice to gain real-world experience, you may be surprised by some of the changes you’ll see when you arrive back at work. Read on to find out what you can expect when preparing to help dentists and patients alike.  


What Are the Differences Between Face Masks?

May 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:51 pm
a dental professional wearing one of many different types of face masks

While in dental assistant school, you will learn the differences between the face masks used in a dentist’s office. Although you might be used to seeing the traditional paper versions with pleats, the N95 has been propelled to the forefront because of COVID-19. But why are there so many and how can you know when to use the right one? These are common questions an aspiring dental assistant like yourself will ask and fortunately, this article will help provide you with the answers you need.   


Learn How Your Dentist is Keeping Their Instruments Clean

May 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:50 pm
a treatment room with several dental instruments waiting to be used

Making sure dental instruments are kept clean is now more important than ever. Dentists and their team must follow all manufacturer instructions to make sure the items used to clean a patient’s teeth and gums are thoroughly sanitized and disinfected. But how is this process completed? Find out how a dental assisting school can better prepare you for this type of task when you enter into the field.


What You Should Know About Pursuing a Career as a Dental Assistant

April 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:46 pm
a dentist and dental assistant performing work on a patient

If you are currently taking a dental assisting course, you have already decided to pursue a career in the field of dentistry. But do you know exactly what all is required when it comes to being a dental assistant (DA)? Is it the career path you desire? Whether you are a current student or simply considering the idea of enrolling in school, spend some time reading about the basic job responsibilities and career outlook for this individual profession.


What You Need to Study for Your DA Exams

April 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:48 pm
a young female sitting at a desk in front of a laptop studying

While enrolled in a dental assisting course, you may be wondering how you’ll ever remember all the necessary terms you need to know to pass your exams. With so many abbreviations and medically-related words, it can be a daunting task. Fortunately, apart from your professors and peers, there are other study methods you can use that will have you rattling off correct terminology in no time. Check out these recommended study materials to help you ace your upcoming test.


Discover How Dental Teams Can Play a Pivotal Role in Identifying Diabetes in a Patient

March 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 2:11 am
a dentist and his team of assistants looking over a patient’s X-rays and charts

As you undergo dental assistant training, you will discover that problems developing within the mouth can often be signs for other issues occurring throughout the body. When certain oral symptoms are displayed, you may discover that an underlying issue is a cause, one of which might be Type 2 diabetes. Spend some time learning just how pivotal dental teams can be in identifying this type of problem while providing patients with the help they need.


An Integral Team Member: Saying Thank You to Dental Assistants

March 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 2:08 am
a dentist and dental assistant showing a patient a set of dentures

Oftentimes, you may find that through your dental assistant training, it may seem as if your role in the dentist’s office is minimal. The reality is that your role is one of the most integral and important parts of a dental office and its ability to safely and effectively help patients when they arrive for their appointments. Finding the right team and dentist who appreciate and understand this role will be important once you graduate, but until then, spend some time discovering all the ways you help to keep a dentist’s office moving in the right direction.

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