Dental assisting is a rewarding and fulfilling career unlike any other. It’s a fast-paced job, and no two days are the same. And of course, there’s joy in caring for patients and helping them smile again. There are many reasons dental assistants love their jobs. We talked to several dental assistants, and here are some of the things they told us about why they love dental assisting.
The ability to help others
If you ask dental assistants about their job, they almost always talk about the patients first. Dental assistants care about helping others, and they love seeing patients’ smiles transform. Along the way, assistants ease patients’ anxieties and build trust. That bond encourages patients to continue making regular dental visits and keep their smiles healthy.
“I love being able to touch a patient’s life in a positive way. Not only giving them a reason to smile, but actually enhancing the quality of their life.” —Dori B.
“Being a dental assistant is so much more than assisting! I love the variety of each day, patient, and every case! Being chairside to make patients feel special is the best feeling in the world!” —Paige K.
“Being a dental assistant allows me to have so many rewarding moments, but by far my favorite is being a part of giving someone back their smile.” —Erika S.
The variety of duties
Dental assistants relish their diverse range of responsibilities. They assist the dentist with various procedures. Patients turn to them for comfort and oral healthcare education. And the dental office runs smoothly because of their organizational and administrative expertise. There’s never a dull moment in dental assisting.
“With the variety of work we get to do, no two days are ever the same.” —Temery R.
“There’s so much to love about dental assisting, but especially the variety of people and teeth!” —Noelia B.
“I love doing a variety of tasks during the day and taking care of patients in need. I always try to make them feel comfortable because we know it can be stressful.” —Sophia C.
The chance to learn something new
The best dental assistants are committed to lifelong learning. They enjoy regularly taking continuing education courses to stay current with the latest dental procedures and advancements. It demonstrates their dedication to their careers and patients.
“I like that there is never an end to the new knowledge, technologies and techniques in the dental field.” —Sarah S.
“Dentistry is continuously changing. It is so gratifying to see my team and me constantly learning in order to give patients the best care and experiences we possibly can!” —Jennifer W.
“After 23 years, I still learn something new every day.” —Chris C.