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My Decision to Pursue a Career as a Dental Assistant

When I was about 22 years old, I was working as a server at a restaurant. In the restaurant industry the best shifts to make money are night shifts but I also had a 2-year-old daughter at home. I felt like I was missing out on all the fun weekend memories as well as night-time routines. I decided I wanted to start a career that I could advance in and have a normal Monday-Friday schedule. I have always been good with kids and I have always had an interest in dental hygiene and really cared about my dental health as a teenager with braces. I took a tour at a local Carrington college and got more information on what the program had to offer and decided that is what I wanted to do.

My decision to become a dental assistant has truly expanded my knowledge of not only dental hygiene but phycology and social skills. Working in my specific dental office I have been exposed to patients with special needs and it has opened my eyes and changed my perspective in life. After working in the dental field for a few years I welcomed my son Maddox into the world who later was diagnosed with autism and I cannot help but feel being brought into this field was truly meant to be and helped prepare me for my future. Working with kids and special needs children has been the most rewarding and like changing experience.

"One of the most rewarding experiences in the dental field I have had is making an upset/scared child smile.."

Becoming a dental assistant has allowed me to experience many memorable and unique moments in the oral healthcare field. One of the most memorable experiences in the dental field I have had is making an upset/scared child smile, and have a truly good experience at the dentist by acknowledging their feelings and turning a scary experience into something fun that they can go home and tell everyone about.

The best advice I can give anyone interested in pursuing a career as a dental assistant is, although jumping into something brand new may seem scary and difficult at times the end reward of accomplishment is the best feeling. Remember to ask people for help if you are unsure of something and always ask questions. It's okay to make mistakes that is how you learn best. I have been a dental assistant for 5 years and I still learn something new every day.

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