Welcome

Welcome to the Michigan Dental Assistants Association (MDAA) website. As you explore our website, you’ll find information designed for our members, dental assisting students, other dental professionals and our patients. We hope this information helps you learn more about the field of dental assisting. If you don’t see what you need here, please contact us.

The Michigan Dental Assistants Association was established in 1947 and represents all Dental Assistants. Our members include clinical personnel who work alongside dentists in hands-on patient care. Dental Assistants also fill administrative roles, often serving as office staff or practice managers. We also work behind the scenes in dental product sales, for insurance companies, and of course, as teachers.

No matter where we serve, our goal remains the same: to aid in the accessibility and delivery of quality oral health care to the public.

The MDAA, its local affiliates, and our national association, the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), provide continuing education, professional journals, and local, state, and national meetings.

Welcome your new MDAA President, Threasa Liddell, CDA!!!

Together We Can
Dentistry changed my life 32 years ago. I wanted a new career one where I could help people, be professional and be challenged daily. I asked some friends the life changing question “What is it about Dentistry that makes you so happy?” my friends were eager to share stories of building long lasting friendships, helping to ease patients fears of going to the dentist and learning something new every day. I started taking classes and earned my CDA certification.
In the past 32 years I have meet some of my best friends in dentistry from Dentists, Dental Assistant’s, Hygienist, lab technicians, non- profit organizations, Community Health Centers, Dental manufacturing representatives and dental dealer representatives.
I love to help and give back to the community I have enjoyed working with the Mission of Mercy events, Dentistry from The Heart, The Gary Burnstein Dental Clinic in Pontiac, Give Kids a Smile, The Lucy Hobbs project, The Esteemed Woman of Michigan celebration, and
The Woman in Dentistry seminar for the last 15 years.
My goal this year as president is to bring all the Districts together to see what we can do to help recruit new members to the MDAA. I would also like to have in person meetings with Covid safety protocols in place and strengthen the organization even further, together we can!
Threasa Liddell, CDA
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For Students & Instructors

Congratulations! You’ve chosen to study an exciting and important part of the dental field. As a Dental Assistant, you’ll work as part of a team of people dedicated to improving the oral health and overall well-being of patients. Dental Assisting is n a fast-paced career that calls on you to use both interpersonal and technical skills to help patients realize their best possible health.

In 2014, there were more than 310,000 Dental Assistants in the nation. Experts expect that number to grow 18 percent by 2024, making it one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country.

Our student members benefit from educational opportunities, access to professional journals, and job listings. For more information please go to our “Students and Instructors” page.

SCHOLARSHIPS
STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS

For Our Patients

Whether you’re visiting a general dentist or a specialist, such as a periodontist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon, you can are likely to encounter a skilled and compassionate Dental Assistant. Dental Assistants work in every type of dental office performing a variety of highly-technical, skilled tasks.

Our daily duties include helping with direct patient care as well as behind-the-scenes office management. A Dental Assistant is likely to ask about your medical history and help the dentist during your procedure. We are a key part of making sure you feel comfortable before, during, and after treatments. You can trust us to explain oral hygiene practices, including proper brushing and flossing as well as post-surgical care. We are often responsible for taking and developing x-rays. In many offices, a Dental Assistant serves as the infection control officer, developing protocols and sterilizing instruments and equipment. We handle many office and practice management tasks. You’ll often see us working on a computer to schedule appointments, send invoices for services, and order supplies.

OUR PATIENTS

For Dental Professionals

Dental Assistants wear many hats on the job; but we also wear many hats in our personal lives. We might be moms, sisters, brothers, dads, snowmobilers, sun worshipers, Snoopy fans, sports fanatics, Roller Derby heros, artists, photographers, teachers, Wizard of Oz Lovers, students, parental caregivers, Golfing Grandmas, volunteers, etc.

DENTAL PROFESSIONALS