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Should I keep my RDA license after receiving my RDH license?

I am currently a RDA about to begin a hygiene program in the fall. I have been an RDA for going on 3 years now. People that already have a RDA degree, then become a hygienist, do they typically keep their RDA license as well? Would it look better to a dentist? Or is it useless after I receive my RDH degree?

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Most states allow a dental hygienist to perform dental assistant duties, so it’s not necessary to keep your RDA license (check your states dental practice act about this). However, if it were me, I’d keep your RDA licensure valid and current because your experience and licensure as a dental assistant will give you an edge over other hygiene applicants because in a pinch you can assist too. By saying you can assist too, I mean not that you only can because your RDH license allows it, but you actually have experience and really know how. Plus, it’s much easier to keep a license valid than to jump through all the hoops to get it again, whether it be your RDA license or an RDH license in another state if you move.

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