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REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT: I Know Now How To Take Better Care Of My Teeth

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Kimberly shares her story working as a registered dental assistant in a dental office catering to children. She goes into detail about what a typical days for her looks like and shares what she likes most about her job and what she finds most challenging.

Job Title: Registered Dental Assistant

Job Summary: Dental Assistants

Job Description

Dental assistants have many tasks, ranging from patient care to record keeping, in a dental office. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists' offices where they work.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Organizational skills, People skills, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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have</span> <span m='16120'>my</span> <span m='16360'>own</span> <span m='16550'>sterilizer,</span> <span m='16870'>so</span> <span m='17260'>I</span> <span m='17470'>clean</span> <span m='17690'>all</span> <span m='17800'>the</span> <span m='17910'>instruments.</span> <span m='18690'>And</span> <span m='19040'>I</span> <span m='19210'>set</span> <span m='19470'>up</span> <span m='19700'>the rooms,</span> <span m='20240'>clean</span> <span m='20450'>the</span> <span m='20670'>rooms.</span> <span m='21422'>I</span> <span m='21800'>take</span> <span m='22210'>their</span> <span m='22620'>x-rays,</span> <span m='23200'>if</span> <span m='23370'>needed,</span> <span m='24300'>and</span> <span m='24700'>write</span> <span m='24955'>in</span> <span m='25210'>charts,</span> <span m='25630'>things</span> <span m='26050'>like</span> <span m='26410'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='26770'>I</span> <span m='27130'>knew</span> <span m='27270'>I</span> <span m='27400'>always</span> <span m='27680'>wanted</span> <span m='27940'>to</span> <span m='28030'>be</span> <span m='28260'>something</span> <span m='28720'>in</span> <span m='28820'>the</span> <span m='28910'>medical</span> <span m='29180'>field.</span> <span m='29880'>And</span> <span m='30290'>it</span> <span m='30510'>just</span> <span m='30750'>so</span> <span m='30890'>happened</span> <span m='31370'>that</span> <span m='31750'>the</span> <span m='32090'>dental</span> <span m='32664'>come</span> <span m='33130'>my</span> <span m='33320'>way.</span> <span m='33650'>So</span> <span m='34530'>I</span> <span m='34890'>went</span> <span m='35130'>to</span> <span m='35310'>Western</span> <span m='35950'>Career</span> <span m='36400'>College</span> <span m='36825'>and</span> <span m='37737'>did the</span> <span m='38224'>dental</span> <span m='38711'>program</span> <span m='39200'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='39690'>What</span> <span m='40020'>I</span> <span m='40110'>know</span> <span m='40300'>now</span> <span m='40660'>is</span> <span m='41160'>taking better</span> <span m='41580'>care of</span> <span m='41885'>my teeth</span> <span m='42190'>than</span> <span m='42380'>what</span> <span m='42530'>I</span> <span m='42590'>did</span> <span m='42840'>before.</span> <span m='43100'>The</span> <span m='43580'>think</span> <span m='43920'>that</span> <span m='44130'>I</span> <span m='44250'>like</span> <span m='44610'>most about</span> <span m='44740'>my</span> <span m='44920'>job</span> <span m='45350'>is</span> <span m='45680'>the</span> <span m='46010'>children.</span> <span m='46460'>When</span> <span m='46620'>they</span> <span m='46740'>come</span> <span m='46980'>in,</span> <span m='47110'>they're</span> <span m='47570'>two-years-old.</span> <span m='48310'>And</span> <span m='48490'>then</span> <span m='49190'>to</span> <span m='49620'>see</span> <span m='49820'>them</span> <span m='49990'>grow</span> <span m='50200'>up</span> <span m='50590'>and</span> <span m='52326'>become</span> 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