Considering becoming a dental assistant?

Have you thought about becoming a dental assistant?


Ever wondered what it takes? The need for dental assistants continues to grow year after year so now is the time to get into it!

Entry into Dentistry

Are you uncertain about being in the dental field? Well consider this! You can become an assistant in between four months and two years. No 4-year degree needed to dip your toes in before taking the plunge. 

There is a wide range of what you can learn and be trained in so I do not recommend online programs which have no hands on curriculum. The shorter programs of four, six, or nine months can be full time and intense. A hard worker that goes above and beyond can become a great assistant with any legitimate education.

As a dental assistant, you will learn a lot about dentistry in general, whether you like it or not. You can use your experience to decide if you want to transition into a different role in the office like front office, hygienist, lab tech, or dentist.

When looking into programs, look at the length of time a program takes to complete as well as the hours of commitment in a day or week. Next, check the quality of the program, the instructor’s education, the facilities equipment, and the curriculum. Also check to see if they have a placement or alumni program, all while keeping in mind your own personal obligations such as; job, family, and hobbies.

Each state has their own rules, regulations, and polices, so check online for your state’s requirements. Typically, you will participate in a program that is 1-2 years long, through a junior college or a privately

owned facility. These provide both the education and hands-on training necessary to give your patients the proper care. For this reason alone, I would lean away from any online only dental assisting programs.

Great Space to Learn

A dental assistant helps everyone in the office!

Sometimes they pull charts or welcome patients to help the front office. They may help the dental hygienists with perio charting and turning over their operatory. Primarily though, they will be sterilizing the instruments and assisting the dentist during treatment of patients.

As a dental assistant, you gain knowledge in everyone’s position throughout the office. This can help you determine if you want to take a different path in dentistry or if being a dental assistant is your chosen career for now.

Caring and Compassion is Key

Finally, though possibly most important, this is a healthcare service position in the field of dentistry. You have to truly care and show compassion for your patients. Being a good listener is important for them to feel comfortable in a situation that many find painful and scary.  Your patience, confidence, and friendly attitude will help them relax and make their experience as smooth and rewarding as it can be.

Does this sound like the job for you? If so, go out, gather some basic information, and let us know if we can help!


Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a new and innovative company that is redefining how dental staffing services and dental staffing agencies are designed and offered to the dental community. Today’s business environment requires companies have more than just a website and a central location for conducting face-to-face interviews. We provide an elegant dental staffing agency solution to your dental temping and dental permanent staffing needs. 

Dental Temp Staffing Solutions frees dentist’s time and saves money by providing temporary staffing, payroll, and credit card processing at a fraction of the cost. Through our easy to use system, we give dental hygienist jobs, dental assistant jobs, floaters, front desk staff, dental lab technicians, and dentists rapid access to what jobs are available around them without any of the hassle. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is breaking the mold of today’s dental staffing environment, developing multiple value added services, to manage, streamline, and lean out costly labor intensive processes. Over time, Dental Temps Staffing Solutions is a one-stop shop; offering a Whole Office Management Solution. This will be ideal for the dentist who desires to remain independent of the corporate model while gaining the advantage of a large organization through affiliation. Additionally, this will be a great resource for those looking to gain the next competitive advantage by sharing administrative resources. 

Dental Temps Staffing Solutions provides all the services of a dental staffing agency and much, much more all across America and currently has a larger presence in Washington and Florida specifically – Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Orlando, northern and southern Florida.  

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