Graduate from a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and provide proof of employment administering radiographs within the 5 years prior to applying.
Within 12 months prior to applying
Graduate from a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
Within 90 days prior to applying
Complete a radiology seminar approved by the Mississippi Board and pass the exam.
Prior to application
Possess a current Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Advanced Dental Assistant Duties
Sealing teeth with a plastic substance to protect them from bacteria and food particles that can cause cavities.
Topical Anesthetic Application
Applying topical anesthetic in a patient’s mouth to numb a specific area in preparation for a procedure.
Removal of plaque and other soft deposits to make teeth look cleaner.
Applying fluoride directly to the teeth to prevent cavities.
Administrative Dental Assistant vs. Clinical Dental Assistant
An administrative dental assistant will focus on an office’s administrative tasks such as greeting patients, organizing office records, and other clerical tasks. A clinical dental assistant will help dentists and dental hygienists with treatment procedures.