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Dental Instruments 101: What You Need to Know

November 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:58 pm
a set of dental instruments lying on a table, one holding an extracted tooth

One of the key responsibilities of any dental assistant is being able to work with various instruments, sterilize them, and hand them over to the dentist when needed. Being able to refine this skill will ensure the patient undergoes a safe and effective procedure, so what can you do to feel more confident about the tools you and your dentist will be using on a daily basis? Read on to find out how a dental assisting school can give you the knowledge you need to work with various dental instruments in your future profession.


4 Ways to Reduce Stress While at Work

November 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:55 pm
two women and one man serving as dental assistants in a dentist’s office

Feeling overwhelmed at work? Worried you’ll mess up and use the wrong dental instrument? Concerned your employer or colleagues aren’t pleased with your performance as a dental assistant? Before you start the downward spiral of negative thinking, it’s important to recognize how stress can impact your thought process and self-worth. To avoid this common pitfall, let your instructors in your hands-on dental assisting program explain what you can do to minimize stress in your workplace.


What Are the Job Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant?

October 26, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:33 pm
a dentist and dental assistant examining a male patient’s mouth during an appointment

Are you currently enrolled in a hands-on dental assisting school? Unsure exactly what you can expect to do on a daily basis as a dental assistant? You’re not alone. Fortunately, professional schools and ample training will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to understand and be ready for what life will be like working in a dental office. Read on to find out what job responsibilities fall under the title of “dental assistant” and why you can get excited about your future career.


5 Tips to Taking Good Dental X-Rays

October 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:31 pm
a dental assistant reviews a patient’s digital X-rays on a nearby monitor

Taking dental x-rays may seem easy, but it actually requires knowing how to properly operate the equipment if you want to capture clear, concise images. These visuals are important to a dentist because they allow them to identify problems lying beneath the surface as well as how to prepare a patient’s treatment plan. While enrolled in a dental assisting school, you’ll learn the ins and outs of using various equipment, but if you want to ensure you’re taking the highest quality x-rays, here are a few tips to help you along the way.


Taking a Closer Look Into the Life of a Dental Assistant

September 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:41 pm
a dentist and dental assistant performing work on a female patient

While enrolled in a hands-on dental assisting program, you’re learning about the ins and outs of your future role in dentistry. This likely includes studying the terminology, understanding how to effectively clean and sterilize dental instruments and equipment, and honing your skills to ensure patients feel comfortable, safe, and at ease while talking to you. Amid all the studying and hands-on practice, it’s always nice to hear from someone with real-world experience. As you continue your pursuit to become a dental assistant, spend a few minutes taking a closer look into what a professional DA experiences day-in and day-out.


4 Questions to Ask Your Dental Assisting Instructors

September 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:39 pm
an instructor showing an aspiring dental assistant a mouth mold and how to treat a particular oral problem

No matter what you’re going to school for, it’s important that you ask questions along the way. You’re learning, so whether it’s determining why something is important or inquiring about how well you are doing while performing a hands-on task, you need to know, so you can make any adjustments as you progress in your studies. This is especially true for aspiring dental assistants. Your role in a dentist’s office is crucial, so by making sure you ask the appropriate questions while undergoing dental assistant training, you can feel more confident when preparing to enter the real world. Below you will 4 questions that are worth asking your instructors the next time you head to class.


Ways to Acclimate to the New Normal in Dentistry

August 25, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 8:17 pm
a female dental assistant wearing a face mask while at work

While a global pandemic was not on the radar for 2020, it has thrown every dental professional throughout the United States a curveball. Many dentists, hygienists, and assistants have either continued to work or faced the reality of being laid off or furloughed. If you’ve been working at a local practice, you were likely unprepared for the changes that occurred as a result of COVID-19; however, as you continue on your path to a new career, it’s time to discover how your dental assisting courses can help you acclimate to this “new normal” in dentistry.


The Dos and Don’ts to Remember for Your Next Job Interview

August 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 8:16 pm
a female dental assistant wearing scrubs and standing with her arms crossed

Do you know how to properly prepare for a dental assistant interview? Knowing what to do and what not to do can be the difference in landing the job or missing out on a potentially ideal opportunity. Fortunately, while attending dental assisting school, your instructors can provide you with the necessary tools and knowledge to feel confident about the process and officially enter the workforce as a qualified, professional, and capable dental assistant. Read on to check out the dos and don’ts before walking into your first interview.


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!

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