Why did I choose dental assisting as a career, well I didn’t actually choose it without some help?  What do I mean; well about 29 years ago a very good friend of mine called and asked if I wanted to go to dental assisting school with her in Tulsa Oklahoma. She explained how the school she sought out here (Fort Worth) didn’t have the dental program just yet, it would be several months before it would start and that their career college in Tulsa was already underway. We could actually go to school away from home  I said yes, and definitely one of the best decisions I could’ve ever made, aside from working in every specialty known to dentistry, I’ve met some of the most influential people who are still a part of my today, not to mention two of my best friends who I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I often wonder what my life would have been like had she not asked me, or if I’d said no.  Then I think what if I failed the entrance exam?  What else would I be doing right now; I seriously can’t answer that question? So I’m thankful for my career and encourage anyone to take a closer look at dental assisting, the rewards are numerous. I’ve been fortunate to meet medical doctors, lawyers, pharmaceutical representatives, pharmacist just to name a few, all whom I’ve had to call on in the past for one reason or another to help me in their areas of expertise at no cost to me. You can’t beat that! When I went to college I received a Pell grant, if I was told today I had to pay for my schooling, I would gladly do so, based on everything I’ve learned received and given, it would be worth that and ten times more! If mom had to say anything about it would be you needed to be in this profession for all the dental treatment you’ve had done. Yea, yea, yea I loved candy and it showed in my teeth. Ok that’s the past and this is now, I am cavity-free… I think it’s time for my dental appointment? Ok I’m sure I’ll have a GREAT check-up (biting my nails).

In my training at Bryan Institute, I  learned how to chart teeth, assist with fillings, root canals, extractions, orthodontics, periodontal surgery, bone marrows, implants, anesthesia, sealants just to name a few. Also sterilizations techniques, the law of dentistry, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training. And the end result,  a Registered Dental Assistant!  (and pretty nice teeth!)

I’m a career college instructor now at The College Of Health Care Professions, Fort Worth, Texas. I chose to move into education so I could give back the knowledge that’s been given to me so other’s can be as successful as me if not more. There’s quite a demand for dental assistants in the Fort Worth Area, the pay is good and the benefits out way them all. Who wouldn’t love having their teeth treated for free at any given moment, just have a seat and you don’t have to make a special trip: you’re already there! So think about it!

Would you choose a career as a Dental Assistant?

Lynne Turner, Dental Assistant Program Director, Fort Worth Campus