How do I Choose the Best Dental Continuing Education Courses?

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  • Written By: Angela Johnson
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 August 2019
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Before enrolling in dental continuing education courses there are a few factors that you should consider. It is important confirm that the dental school and its courses are accredited by dental industry associations and that the courses meet the standards of industry practice. To keep your dental license current in most areas you are required to have a certain amount of continuing education credit hours, which helps those in the dental industry maintain the most current knowledge. Certain regulations apply in different practices, so it is essential to take the courses that apply in the area of your practice. Considering cost, time and location are also important in determining which courses you should choose for your continuing education credit.

If you own your own practice, you might be interested in adding new services to the list of services that you offer. Many dental continuing education courses offer hands-on training. This is important when learning a new technique or procedure. Hands-on training can improve your skills and success rate for your practice. and you can add dental specializations to your credentials.


There are many different types of dental continuing education courses. Distance learning or the self-study courses are available for courses that do not require hands-on learning. These types of courses are available online or through books and compact discs that can be received by mail. Many dentists choose this method for continuing their dental education, because it offers a flexible schedule and courses can be completed any time of the day or night. This is a good option for those who have a busy schedule and those who learn well independently.

Whether you are interested in dental continuing education courses for obtaining your license to become a dentist or you require the credit hours to keep your license current, there are many options available. There also are dental hygiene continuing education classes as well as specialized courses in all areas of dental practice. The dental industry is changing rapidly, with new technology and new techniques making procedures more effective and more comfortable for the patient. Having the knowledge of the most up-to-date techniques can heighten your career and allow for more professional growth.

Check with the licensing agency in your area to be sure you obtain the correct credit hours and courses for the license for which you are applying. Different licenses require different courses and credit hours. Usually, licensing agencies have a list of courses that are accredited.



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@raynbow- Just like dentists and dental hygienists, dental assistants have to take continuing education coursework every few years to stay on top of their field. These courses help to keep professionals current and competent, and also makes dental services and procedures safer for patients.

When it comes time for your cousin to take dental continuing education courses, she will be able to attend any college or university that offers certified coursework in dental assisting. She should expect to learn about new techniques, the latest equipment, new materials, and the latest cleaning and safety measures in the dental field. She may find that some of these things change greatly over time, while others stay about the same. Either way, taking continuing education courses will not only keep her license active, but will also make her be a confident dental assistant.

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My cousin is graduating from a dental assisting program next year, and will be working with a dentist in her area. As an assistant, what types of continuing education courses will she have to take in the future to keep her license current?

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