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For those who are interested in dentistry but not in completing the years of schooling required, then the field of dental assisting might be the right fit. Dental assistants work alongside dentists interacting with patients and providing care. Many educational programs are available for those interested in pursuing this growing field.

The rise in dental services means that more and more dentists and dental assistants are needed to meet the growing demand for care. Susan Bean, a representative for stated, “The number of dental assistants employed is expected to grow in the coming years. If you’re thinking about becoming a dental assistant this is the time to start learning!”

Dental assistants are primarily responsible for patient care including ensuring that patients are calm and comfortable during their procedures, assisting dentists with cleanings and other work, and giving instructions for oral care post-procedure. Many community colleges offer associate’s programs for dental assistance that take one to two years and include internships and on the job experiences to help prepare those pursuing a career in this field find a job. There are also 4-6 month vocational programs available but these typically are not accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation which can make it difficult when it comes time to find a job.

Once the student graduates and become a dental assistant there is a great deal to be learned on the job. There are also many opportunities for advancement including working towards becoming a dental hygienist or even a dentist.

“According to the survey of American Dental Association, a whopping 87% of practicing dentists offer tuition reimbursement to their employees that enables them to complete courses in dental assistance. The salary of a dental assistant can range from $22,700 to $46,150 annually.”

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