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Choosing a Career in the Allied Dental Professions

Dental assistant holding computer while talking to dental patient in chair

Recruiting dental team members—such as dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental office managers and dental laboratory technicians—has been a challenge for practice owners before the COVID-19 pandemic and it continues to be a challenge for owners today. 

Recent surveys by the American Dental Association (ADA) reveal that workforce issues were a pain point experienced by dentists in many states. In an October 2020 ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) poll, of all the dentists that reported they were looking for staff, half indicated it was extremely difficult.

A perceived lack of awareness of the many dental profession career options as well as the impression that the dental assisting field offered limited opportunities for career growth are among the contributing factors to this reported challenge. 

Lessening the impact of staffing issues 

The ADA has heard from our members about this challenge. In an effort to raise awareness of the various allied dental-related employment opportunities, the ADA has created two different recruitment flyers. 

  • Dental assistants and dental hygienists 
  • Dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental office managers and dental laboratory technicians

 Ways to recruit qualified personnel 

The two flyers aim to recruit qualified people into allied dental careers and may be used in several ways. Practice owners can post these flyers in their dental offices, use them if invited to present at a local career day or offer them for distribution at job fairs or other community events.  

To customize the practice information on a flyer, members can download the versions by clicking on the images below.   

Download a customizable flyer promoting careers as Dental Assistants or Dental Hygienists (Members only)

Thumbnail image of vertical flyer titled Choosing a Career in the Dental Profession 

Download a non-customizable flyer promoting careers as Dental Assistants or Dental Hygienists (Non-Members)

Thumbnail image of vertical flyer titled Choosing a Career in the Dental Profession

Download a customizable flyer promoting careers as Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Office Managers or Dental Laboratory Technicians (Members only)

Thumbnail image of horizontal flyer titled Choosing a Career in the Dental Profession 

Download a non-customizable flyer promoting careers as Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Office Managers or Dental Laboratory Technicians (Non-Members)

Thumbnail image of horizontal flyer titled Choosing a Career in the Dental Profession

Additional Resources:

ADA Guidelines for Practice Success | Managing the Dental Team

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

Affiliated Dental Associations