There has NEVER been a better time to get into Dental Assisting! The only problem is that you MUST know what you are doing.

  • How do you get a job straight out of school?
  • Why do some people get a job and other do not?
  • Need a raise? How do you get one?

Many of these questions are asked by dental assistants DAILY on my blog. The SUCCESSFUL DENTAL ASSISTING Manual is the complete resource you need to maximize your potential and happiness as a dental assistant.

So, I poured my heart into this manual so that YOU can get what you want from your job.


Dr. Chris


I am amazed at how many dental assistants contact me weekly through this site… I am sorry if I cannot get to all of you. My frustration with the current education for dental assistants is growing! It is criminal that schools take upwards of $8000 per student for a few weeks that leave the dental assistant completely unprepared with a nearly worthless degree…

If you really want to know what it takes to become a successful assistant, read the posts on this blog and get the Successful Dental Assisting Manual.


Due to high demand I am updated this site and the manual. I wish you all the best and may you find that perfect dental office!



Dr. Chris


Dental Assistant Jobs in This Economy?

March 2, 2013

Hello Dental Assistants!
It has been a while, but I could not resist. With all the change in the economy I felt I needed to give a short update to all the Dental Assistants out there that check this site for reference and help.

Everything we discussed in this blog and the manual has become dramatically more important.


I purchased a second dental practice last year and have spent a good 6 months looking for “good” staff. I have yet to find someone in any position for that office that has read the successful dental assisting manual, so it has been a challenge. I also had to let several staff members go! Tough in this economy…you NEED TO STAND OUT as jobs are scarce and performance is required.

The dental profession has recently been ranked as the #1 stable job in this economy! Wohoo. Well, that is good news but to work for a dental office you need to go the extra mile.

Recommendation: IF you want a job in a dental office right now, your absolute best ace is to market yourself as a social media and marketing wizard. Yes, facebook has become very very important. Social media is the key.

I will occasionally post here, and, a hint: The Successful Dental Assisting Manual will receive an update soon. Everyone who invests in this essential tool will get the updated version at no charge when it comes out! Just send an email to chahn [at] hahnunlimited [dot]com and I will send you the new version when it comes out!

Keep smiling,

Dr. Chris

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October 23, 2011

Thank you all for keeping up with my posts on this blog. If you have questions please comment or email me and I will post the answer.



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Getting A Job, Or KEEPING Your Job In Todays Economy

June 13, 2011

Yes, I said it, KEEPING your job now is as important as getting a job. I spoke to a highly qualified dental assistant TODAY that was let go because she was “overpaid”. The office was downsizing… In this economy the rules are changing!

So for all the VETERAN dental assistants out there getting paid what they are worth, you now have something to worry about….the new, underpaid dental assistant just trying to find a job!

You can no longer work idle and expect everything to stay the same. If YOUR practice is not growing, or even shrinking, then you need to make it clear you are part of the solution. Show your dedication to growth, selling dentistry, and turning this trend around. It is a business afterall, and the old saying “from nothing comes nothing” now is grounds for dismissal.

Learn all about what you can do to make yourself an essential part of your office and keep your job.

Keep smiling,

Dr. Chris

PS: Still the best value on the internet, The SUCCESSFUL DENTAL ASSISTING MANUAL gives you all the info needed to make a difference as a dental assistant and KEEP YOUR JOB!

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Resume Case Study

April 18, 2011

Here is a recent resume posted on this site in the comment section. After everything I posted, how is this any different than all the other resumes sent out daily? Would you feel excited to meet this applicant? You need to make your resume stand out. This is a competitive environment and the traditional resume just does not make it to the top of the pile anymore.


Name deleted
Phone -xxx-xxx-6693
Email: name

Objective: Position at the Dental office with the opportunity to utilize training, expertise and experience to work as a Dental Assistant

Professional Experience:

Dental Assistant somewhere, VA Nov 2010 – Present
• Expose digital panoramic radiographs, FMS X-rays
• Electronic Periodontal charting, assisting in scaling
• Knowledge on Dentrix dental software

Dental Assistant internship somewhere, LLC, MD June 2010 – Nov 2010

• Prepare and arrange instruments, dental materials; cements, amalgam, composite, impression materials, etc
• Promptly follow all instructions from the Dentist dealing with patient comfort
• Expose, develop and process dental X-rays and maintain x-ray machinery
• Perform required laboratory procedures, i.e., take dental impressions, pour plaster modals, etc
• Maintain dental equipment and operatories in good, clean condition at all times and maintain the instruments and working areas in strict accordance with sterilization/disinfection protocols as per OSHA guidelines.
• Maintain personal protection per OSHA guidelines as it pertains to personnel safety, i.e., protective clothing, eyewear and gloves
• Excellent communication skills needed to follow verbal and written instructions, and great ability to understand technical and pharmaceutical terminology
• Deep sense of punctuality, accuracy, efficiency and professionalism


Diploma in Dental Assistant somewhere, Arlington, VA
2009 – 2010

General Courses somewhere, Takoma Park, MD
2008 – 2009

Microsoft Office somewhere, Silver Spring, MD

Diploma General Agriculture somewhere, somewhere, Ethiopia

Professional Affiliations:

C.P.R Certified

Work Experience:

Parking Attendant PENN Parking Attendant somewhere, MD January 2010 – Present Customer Service

References provided upon request

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Want a dental assisting job? This could make you a MUST HAVE team member!

March 3, 2011

So, you are sending out resumes and interviewing but not getting any bites. You are getting frustrated as every dental office is either not hiring or “will get back to you“. What are you doing wrong?

If you read the successful dental assisting manual but still are not having any luck, there is something that might make you the next “must have employee”

Dental offices are looking for neat, professional dental assistants. We all want “a team player”, and we all want experience. What if you have no experience? HOW do you get your foot into the door? How do you get to work for the dentist and prove that you can do the job?

Click to continue reading “Want a dental assisting job? This could make you a MUST HAVE team member!”

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Make More Money Assisting

February 9, 2011

So, when it really comes down to it, you work as a dental assistant to make money, right? So correct me if I am wrong, but more money then would be a good thing, right?

Well, I have spoken to many dental assistants over the past decade and have a pretty good idea how you could make more money to spend on the fun things in life. I have written a manual – Successful Dental Assisting, answered every question in this blog or via email about anything you could imagine, and I have encouraged you to pursue your dreams. But rally, how many of you have taken the steps I describe to make more money dental assisting? I would really like to hear who actually made the change…

Some of you have asked me what my assistants do to get a raise in my office.

Well, I want to give everyone here a big, simple, tip. We give raises to people we like. Period. If you are pushy, demanding, but the best dental assistant, then see ya later. Life is too short to be around negative people.

One of the most sincere things my dental assistant does for me is bring me a cup of coffee in the morning. Not because I ask for it, but because she knows I like that. And that is the key. She makes work fun and treats everyone with respect and a smile. She is probably one of the highest paid dental assistants in the country!

So, stop demanding things, but rather kill them with kindness. Be sincere. Enjoy the people you work with. Then read the manual and follow the steps to a higher paid job!

Keep smiling,


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Happy New Year – Are You Going To Find The Job You Want This Year?

January 4, 2011

A new year, a new beginning. Do you hate your job? Don’t like your boss? Can’t stand your co-workers? Well, there is no better time than now to make a change.

Here is a checklist for your job hunt:

  1. Get a good, professional picture taken. Smile.
  2. Brush up your resume. Check this article so you know how to make a “good” one: RESUME
  3. Identify what you are looking for in your perfect office. Is it work hours? Salary? Nice staff? All of the above? Do not settle.
  4. Draw a radius on a map of how far you are willing to drive for this office.
  5. Now begin the hunt!

Finding an office in your radius is not easy. More on this shortly. But, to get you started, look at AACD accredited dentists, they hold themselves and their staff to a higher standard. This usually results in a better work environment, higher pay and higher job satisfaction!

Keep Smiling,


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A Resume That Gets Your Attention

December 6, 2010

I have talked about how critical it is that you have a “unique” and “different” resumes many times. Well, you need to be noticed. Dental assistant resumes usually are so boring and “clinical”. We, as dentists, like to see creativity as well and are always looking for someone to add a little “flare” to our practice.

Here is a link to an article written by my “product designer” from Hahn Unlimited, one of my other companies.



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