affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?

Question by Jazmin: affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?
I live in san jose and have been looking for vocational dental schools/training. dont want any real expensive places like Heald, Carrington, Everest etc. please help!

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Answer by jannsody
You’re smart to want to avoid those private For-profit schools such as heald, Everest, devry and Carrington. If the local community college (or county vo-tech adult school for dental assistant) has an accredited program from the “American dental association”, those schools are usually more affordable and reputable.

Before taking pre-req courses for dental assisting or dental hygiene, please look through and peruse some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers DA or DH or the local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which may be tough for some to handle. If you haven’t done some job shadowing, please find out about that as well.

For accredited programs in DA or DH:

U.S. colleges:

General career info: and can search.

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If I go to community college until i fulfill all of my dental hygiene prerequisites would i then be able to?

Question by plot writer: If I go to community college until i fulfill all of my dental hygiene prerequisites would i then be able to?
finish the rest of my courses for my dental prerequisites at a university and get accepted in a university?? Has anyone done this

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Answer by rmconnorsr1
You would be able to usually as long as it is within the same state most credits transfer easily between community colleges and universities. I would look into community colleges that offer a dental hygiene program tho. They are usually cheaper and offer a more extensive program. I would also call a few dentists in the area and ask if there are any colleges they wouldn’t hire from(because they continually turn out bad students). Some colleges say they are fully accredited to pull you in but dont mention the fact that they arent accredited by the ADA(american dental association). These programs are usually shorter and more expensive. You should be going to school where they have a full dental clinic that sees the public on a daily basis and you get hands on experience for about 2yrs.

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Affording Dental Veneers

We’ve all at one time or another wanted that celebrity smile. You know, the one that glows with radiance like the celebrities have as they pace down the red carpet. However, many of us simply can’t afford that million dollar smile. Fortunately, there are some things we can do to financially equip ourselves for that new smile.

The first step you should take in your quest to pay for your veneers is contact your insurance company. Although many insurance companies typically don’t cover cosmetic procedures, some may be able to pay a percentage of it. This is nice considering that veneers can go for as much as $1,000 a tooth.

If you’ve been in some sort of accident that’s somehow disfigured your teeth, it might be worth mentioning it to your insurance company. If you convince them enough, they might empty their pockets and fully cover your dental veneers.

If the insurance route doesn’t go as planned, it might be in your best interest to carefully shop around for another cosmetic dentist. The rates charged for a veneer procedure can significantly vary from dentist to dentist. If you find a price tag you like, make sure you research the dentist plenty before seating yourself in the dental chair.

Finally, it may be worth asking a friend or family member to lend you some money for your dental veneers. Sit down and work out a plan before lending any amount of money. Get a contract together and have both you and the other party sign it. That way, any future problems can be resolved expediently.

Is a Dental Hygienist the same as a Dental Assistant?

Question by Diva Denah: Is a Dental Hygienist the same as a Dental Assistant?
I have been trying to find out information to compare the two, and can’t get a solid answer. Are Dental Assistants the same as Dental Hygienist? How much does Dental Hygienist make a year?

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Answer by Jan409
I’d say no

A hygienist is much are qualified then a dental assistant

what they earn depends on whether they are employed in a private practice, health centre or general dental surgery
and how many patients they treat

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Dental plans and Dental insurance

Dental plans and insurance

Dental plans and insurance

Dental coverage is normally not underwritten by insurance companies because the treatment and medication of dental needs are predictable and follow a time table. No individual would opt for a dental insurance plan if he were to pay more in premium than in annual dental charges, and the insurance company would lose money if they pay more in claims than the premium collected for each policy they underwrite.


Despite these drawbacks, some companies offer dental benefits by group discount schemes. These are also called discounted dental plans or affordable dental plans. These are a kind of “clubs” where membership costs a little money monthly or annually where the members can avail of dental services at a discounted rate. The dental service providers or dentists affiliated to these “clubs” have agreed to provide dental services at a discounted rate. The payment is made directly by the patient to the dentist, no paperwork or claims or future hassles. These “clubs” only do matchmaking between the patient and the dentist, earning money in the process. The dentist in turns gains to earn due to larger volumes of work. The patient gets the service at a discounted rate. It’s a WIN-WIN for all parties involved.


Dental Insurance when offered is again a complicated issue. The insurance company generally stresses upon background checks and pre-existing conditions. After this goes through you have to wait out until the coverage starts. When the treatment is actually undergone, a lot of paperwork regarding claims, %age exclusions etc. come to the fore where it becomes more of a pain to actually undergo and finish the process of reimbursement.


However insurance has its own benefits and plans have their own. A lot of employers also provide dental insurance whereupon the need for plans ceases for the individual. It’s for the individual to decide between the two as per their requirement, needs and current situation.