10 qualities you need as a dental assistant

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Dental assistants know that education and training is important — whether you are looking for that first job or trying to take on more responsibilities. But, some things just can’t be taught!

We talked to dental assistants across the country to find out what qualities matter most. And what they told us were things that you could never learn in a book!

The top dental assistant qualities:

1. Good listener

Dental assistants are on the front lines with patients every day. Lending an ear is essential to understanding their questions and concerns!

2. Compassion

Patients are often nervous or scared. The best dental assistants know how to be a calming presence.

3. Being a people person

If you love meeting new people, dental assisting is for you!

4. Perseverance

Dental assisting is not for the faint of heart. It's ever-changing and can sometimes require long days. If you have determination, you will go far.

5. Strong work ethic

Sometimes dental assistants work long hours with few breaks. But the best assistants find it rewarding and energizing!

6. Dedication

There will be some tough days. The dental assistants who are dedicated know how to take it in stride and find joy in providing patient care.

7. Reliability

If you don’t show up, the office might just fall apart. Just kidding (but not really).

8. Organization

In this profession, you need to be prepared for anything! From getting exam rooms ready to tracking inventory and scheduling appointments, dental assistants need strong organizational skills.

9. Anticipation

Do you know how to read minds? Dentists will be amazed and impressed with how you know what they need before they do!

10. Multitasking

Dental assistants say they do it all — and often they do it all at the same time!