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What Is a Certified Dental Assistant and How to Become One

Certified Dental Assistant

What Can a Certified Dental Assistant Do?

The duties of a certified dental assistant depend on the type of office where they work and the regulations and license required by their state. Being certified allows them to meet with patients, prepare dental equipment, and educate patients on oral care. Some states authorize certified dental assistants to perform x-rays, while others only allow the assistant to process them. Other responsibilities include assisting the dentist while examining patients, keeping accurate records, scheduling appointments, and answering patient questions on billing and services.

How Do I Become a Certified Dental Assistant

To become a certified dental assistant, complete an accredited dental assisting training program and fulfill state certification requirements. The dental program must be recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; these courses are offered by community colleges and vocational schools and take one to two years to complete. The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) provides certification and after assistants have passed their training course and an exam. Other qualifications vary by state, so research the requirements in your state.