Top 10 Online Resources for Dental Hygienists & Dental Assistants
Students in the dental assistant diploma program or the dental hygienists associate degree program can find many valuable resources online for answering questions during their studies and finding help after graduation. With this list of websites, you can find answers to questions about certifications and study materials, drug and disease information, continuing education, and dental industry news.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division of Oral Health
The CDC publishes materials at the national and state level that are helpful to people who are working in the dental profession or just interested in the guidelines of oral health. Under the “State-based programs” section you can access most state’s oral health plan and get information about the new initiatives that are taking place. The site also has sections on school-based water fluoridation and the dental sealant program for schoolchildren if you are curious.
The fact sheets are useful if you are looking for a quick resource guide for patients. They also have information that is specific to children, adults, and the elderly.
2. The DALE Foundation
The DALE foundation website might be the most comprehensive resource for dental assisting students. The site is an affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board, so you know that you are getting the current information regarding DANB certification and your path to becoming a dental assistant. They offer free courses & study aids for DANB preparation, and also a list of resources and requirements for dental assistants by state.
If you want to become an expanded function dental assistant, they can offer advice and point you in the direction of certifications that can further advance your career. This site is recommended to anyone who is studying to become a dental assistant or who has been working in the field for a while.
3. American Dental Association
The American Dental Association website has information about exams for national and state licensure and certifications for dental assistants and dental hygienists. On their site, you can find study guides and sample tests to help prepare for the tests and preview what they will look like.
Their public programs section links to another website funded by the ADA called Mouth Healthy. In Mouth Healthy, you can find patient-specific guides for pregnant women, babies and kids, teen, adults under 40, adults between 40 and 60, and adults over 60. There is an ADA Dental Symptom Checker that will help you identify possible conditions and their treatments.
4. National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice
The National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice publishes lists of resources and research related to dental hygiene. If you go to the “Research” and “Practice” sections, you will find links to the national standards for dental professionals, information about different drugs, information about oral diseases and conditions, links to additional training opportunities, and practice news published by national institutions.
5. American Dental Hygienists Association
The ADHA is “the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 dental hygienists across the country.” On their website, you can find the “education & careers,” section and without even needing a membership, search and apply for jobs as a dental hygienist across the country. They also have a resource “Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice,” that can explain more about the dental hygiene profession to you if you are just now considering it
This site is very useful for someone who is considering or already enrolled in a dental hygiene program.
Registration with dentalcare.com is 100% free and gives you access to 100 dental continuing education courses. They have two sections, for dental hygienists and dental assistants specifically, which contain educational resources, patient resources, and news
You can also review and order products from Crest and Oral-B (the website is owned by Procter & Gamble) and request free samples. This site is useful for students and people who are already working in a dental practice.
7. Colgate Professional
The Oral Health Network for Professional Education and Development offers free dental continuing education courses that you can access from a computer or your smart phone, making studying on the go all the more easy. Colgate also publishes industry news and hosts webinars so that real dentists can discuss their experiences and research with you, the audience.
Like DentalCare.com, Colgate Professional is sponsored by a brand so you can order products from their site in addition to accessing their continuing education resources. All of the resources that are offered on the site are free!
DentistryIQ markets itself as “the web’s most comprehensive resource for dental professionals.” The site posts articles that are of interest to dental hygiene students and recent graduates. As a matter of fact, there are so many articles on this site that it might be difficult for the average person to navigate. The site has new articles being published literally every day.
The Dentalsite.com serves as more of a directory than an actual source of information. On the site you can find information for hygienists and assistants on schools, student sites and publications, more dental information, and national and state association links.
10. Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community Based Dental Education
The Pipeline, Profession & Practice resources page helps connect dental professionals with underserved populations to provide better care and encourage low-income students to pursue careers in the dental field. You can find free student resources and links to agencies that provide financial aid and scholarships to people wishing to pursue careers in dental hygiene.