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Dental assistant school opens in Roswell

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood helps Ashley and Eric Johnson cut the ribbon opening their new school for dental assistants on Crossville Road. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
July 23, 2012
ROSWELL, Ga. - Just how does one go about becoming a dental assistant? It turns out you do it just like anything else go to school.

For Roswell residents, that can mean attending the newest school in the metro region, Future Dental Assistants of Atlanta, which has started hosting its first classes on Crossville Road.

Founded by husband-and-wife team Amber and Eric Johnson, Future Dental Assistants aims to give students the basics of their profession in ten weeks.

"I think it's the most amazing career," Amber said. "I love being a dental assistant."

She has been a dental assistant in North Atlanta for two years, including at Today's Dentist, where they are located.

"I feel the necessity to ensure new dental assistants to be ready and prepared."

The students will meet Saturdays for eight hours a day for ten weeks in the offices of Today's Dentist, on Crossville Road, near Roswell High School. They will be able to take advantage of the equipment in the dentist's office for hand's on practice of their studies. As well as teaching how to take dental impressions and x-rays, the Johnsons will help with the job interview. Eric heads up the business side of things.

"There's nothing in this area," said Eric. He said the nearest dental training school is on the other side of Marietta. Meanwhile, the need for trained dental assistants continues to grow annually.

"People are more conscious of their oral health," he explained.

"It's great they'll be teaching people in Roswell a quality profession," said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, who helped cut the ribbon to open the school July 13.

Courses are booked through the end of the year, however classes are enrolling for courses starting in January. For more, visit

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