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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.


How to Stand Out Among the Crowd When Looking for a Job

February 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 10:00 pm
a young woman who is a dental assistant holding her resume

If you’re currently taking a dental assisting course and thinking about what you can do to differentiate yourself from a sea of aspiring dental assistants (DA), you’re not alone. Everyone wants that perfect job – the one that will offer the greatest benefits, flexibility, and of course, the biggest amount of money. But what can you do to stand out? To find out what you should do while you’re still in school, consider trying these four tips, so employers see you before anyone else.


Why is Listening Such an Important Skill for Dental Assistants?

February 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 9:58 pm
a dental assistant taking copious notes as a dentist explains a patient’s x-rays

Not everyone is a good listener. Some are easily distracted while others simply prefer to talk instead of hearing what someone else has to say. While in school, it is likely that you will learn the importance of listening while taking a dental assisting course or two. This beneficial skill will not only make you more appealing to potential employers, but it will also enable you to perform at a higher level. Learn more about why listening is one of the most vital tools you’ll need to make it as a dental assistant.


4 Tips to Help You Take Your Upcoming Dental Assisting National Board Exam

January 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 2:14 pm
a student taking a test

If you’re like most people, tests can cause you to become nervous and break out in a sweat. Having to remember everything you’ve learned and attempt to put it in writing and answer questions about it can be daunting but with the right tools, you might just find you are better prepared than you think. As part of your dental assisting program, you are probably receiving valuable insight and suggestions on ways to prepare for the DANB but what about taking the test itself? To help you get through the big day, here are 4 useful tips to keep in mind.


Learn Where and When to Use a Cell Phone in a Dentist’s Office

January 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 2:10 pm
A dental professional using a cell phone while looking at x-rays

Nowadays, it’s hard to go anywhere and not see more than half of the people around you using a cell phone. While it may be the go-to gadget for calling, texting, and internet-surfing while away from home, it’s important that you be mindful of where and when to use one while working in a dentist’s office. Why? One word…HIPPA. As you will learn in your dental assistant classes, staying in compliance with HIPPA is crucial but so is maintaining professionalism about the workplace. Read on to learn where and when you should use your cell phone and how it can potentially put you in a comprising situation should sensitive information become public.


3 Career Goals to Make for 2020 as an Aspiring Dental Assistant

December 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:33 pm
a female dental assistant helping a dentist examine a patient’s smile

The new year is quickly approaching, which means, as an aspiring dental assistant, you probably have a few goals in mind. While working on your dental assisting training, it is important to think about what you want out of your career. From additional certifications to teaching opportunities, there are plenty of areas you can set your sights on. As you get ready to welcome 2020, why not check out these 3 goals that might be worth setting in the coming year.


3 Different Dental-Related Dreams and What They Mean

December 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtesterman @ 7:31 pm
a woman asleep

It’s safe to say that while in dental assisting training, you are so immersed in what you’re doing that you may just find yourself dreaming about it. When you spend so much time in a dentist’s office, day-in and day-out, you’re bound to carry many of your thoughts home with you…and maybe even into bed. If you’ve ever wondered what some of your dental-related dreams mean, allow us to explain.

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