Dentists and dental office managers are always looking for ways to bring value to the dental practice. One way employers can boost office productivity is to ensure the dental team possesses up-to-date knowledge and works to the best of their ability.
The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) recently conducted its dental assistant salary survey and the results show that when dental assistants hold DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, the entire dental practice benefits. Here are a few reasons why.
More than half of dental assistants who hold DANB’s CDA certification reported being with their current employer for more than five years. This loyalty translates into reduced turnover, which not only means cost savings for your practice but also a more consistent experience for your patients and better patient retention.
Certification often goes hand-in-hand with professional commitment. Three in four dental assistants who hold CDA certification have been in the profession for more than five years, and over 60% have been in the field for at least 10 years. Among non-certified dental assistants, 17% have been in the field for five or more years and just 10% have been in the profession for over a decade. Additionally, 79% of CDAs view dental assisting as a career, not just a job (versus 74% of dental assistants who are not certified). When dental assistants are dedicated and appreciated, the whole practice thrives.
DANB CDA certificants are more likely to perform key duties around the dental office than non-certified certificants. CDA certificants are more likely to perform infection control duties (85%) and expanded functions (62%) compared to those who are not certified (82% and 34%, respectively). Therefore, dental assistants who hold CDA certification may contribute more to office productivity, efficiency, and profitability.
Dental assistants who hold DANB certification report higher job satisfaction (66%) versus those who are not certified (59%). This means they take their job seriously and bring that commitment to quality to your office, ultimately enhancing your bottom line.
What Dentists Are Saying
Many dentists have sung the praises of their Certified Dental Assistant certificants, noting their dedication and hard work.
“Rebecca is an extremely motivated individual. She has great attention to detail, the ability to organize and a talent for teaching other assistants.” — Dr. Andrew C.
“Elizabeth epitomizes the qualities one looks for in a dental assistant. She is passionate, knowledgeable and does everything she can for our patients to make them comfortable.” — Dr. Joseph G.