Archive for August, 2014

How Does One Become a Dental Assistant?

Brooke Kuecker currently works as a dental assistant and is licensed as an advanced dental assistant by the state of South Dakota. Dental assistants like Brooke Kuecker perform many of the services commonly offered in dental offices, seeing patients who need general oral care that does not require the training or oversight of a dentist.

Becoming a dental assistant typically requires students to attend a community college or another institution of higher learning and undertake a dental training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Accredited programs require students to complete classroom, laboratory, and clinical work, learning about various illnesses and injuries that can affect the gums and teeth as well as common tools used in the dental profession. These programs can take one or two years to complete, and they typically include supervised practical courses in which the student develops skills with real patients. Many states require dental assistants to take an exam or otherwise complete a licensing process to serve as dental assistants, and many also require them to receive certification in other medical treatments like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).