Welcome to the
Pediatric Dental Assistants Association

The Pediatric Dental Assistants Association exists to give voice and acknowledge the specialized skills and expertise of our members. The PDAA engages this mission by furthering the education of members, providing more engagement within their practices, and enriching the lives of all who(m) we touch through personal and professional growth opportunities.


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Our vision is simply to realize the full potential of every member – in partnership with other professionals in our field – to care for all the children we serve.

We embrace this vision by anticipating the needs of our members and providing the tools that allow them to continue to grow in their careers, communities, and lives. As we move towards these goals, we recognize the professional status of our members in a very specialized career helping our most valuable gift – children.

Welcome to the PDAA

What is the PDAA?

The Pediatric Dental Assistants Association is the only professional organization representing the interests of Pediatric Dental Assistants. The PDAA advances the profession by promoting high standards of practice, projecting a positive view of pediatric dental assistants, and by providing ongoing education for our members in all aspects of their profession.

Why Should I Join?

Your membership in the PDAA makes a powerful statement about you. It shows employers, colleagues and patients your commitment to your career. Membership identifies you as a Pediatric Dental Assistant who is serious about the profession as well as purposeful about staying informed, educated and involved.

When you become a member of the PDAA , you join members across the country, and in your state, speaking on behalf of your profession and your patients. You will also have access to the CE Conference in Atlanta in the fall.

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What Are the Benefits of the PDAA?

  • The PDAA is keeping members at the forefront of education in the dental field. These videos focus on learning and reviewing clinical procedures, as well as highlighting the work the PDAA is doing. Watch these video training modules listed below and stay tuned for more!

  • Our quarterly newsletter is filled with helpful information ranging from the latest technology and advances to personal testimonies and stories from other PDAs. The newsletter is an excellent resource to keep your PDAs connected and excited to be part of bigger community of high-performing PDAs.

  • Our unique learning modules can even be utilized to help train in staff meetings, workshops, retreats or one-on-one.

  • No matter where you are in your career as a Dental Assistant, improving your “soft skills” can help you become a better worker, better team member, and a better person. Embracing a work lifestyle that involves communication and feedback, as well as collaboration, and working together to improve things can only lead to positive results. Our monthly online training in these skills are invaluable.

  • With round-the-clock access, the PDAA allows learning during downtime at the office, at the house, or even from a tablet.

  • Dr. Rhea Haugseth, a pediatric dental assistant expert, provides the PDAA with unique insight and education from her years of experience in the industry.


Ready to join the PDAA and take your practice and staff to the next level? Be sure to check out these free sample videos!

Interested in learning more about the PDAA? Learn more, here!

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Interested in joining the PDAA? Want to take your practice and staff to the next level of success? Then be sure to check out these free sample videos! And if you’re interested in learning more about the PDAA, click here to learn more!

PDAA members enjoy instant online access to a complete list of all our training videos, as well as numerous other member benefits. Click here to enroll your practice with PDAA!

Have you heard about or attended PDAA’s annual conference, yet? If not, experience previous conferences, and all the fun that occurs, here!


Take a moment to learn what our members have to say about the Pediatric Dental Assistants Association, straight from them!

I have truly benefited from using the PDAA program in my pediatric practice for the past 2 years. My team has enjoyed the training modules that we use as part of their continuing education program. It has been a great resource for our new dental assistants and a good review for our ‘seasoned’ staff. The PDAA program has also provided a wonderful networking opportunity to locate quality assistants from different parts of the country. It has been a pleasure working with Dr. Haugseth and this unique curriculum that she has developed.

Angela “Angel” M. Stout, DMD, MPH

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

All of the assistants in my practice are members of PDAA and they really love being a part of their professional organization. It gives them insight to the big picture of pediatric dentistry, outside the walls of our day to day practice. After attending the PDAA Annual meeting, they returned with a greater sense of professionalism and drive, saying they were inspired and motivated! Additionally, our group of assistants really bonded which has been a huge bonus! They now have a fun sense of teamwork which benefits everyone in the practice!

Anthea Drew Mazzawi

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

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See video testimonials from our past conferences here!