The many superpowers of dental assistants

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Dental assistants are the glue that holds a practice together. They perform many tasks and possess special traits and talents that help ensure their offices run efficiently and patients receive the best experience.

Some might even consider these skills to be superpowers — here are a few that every dental assistant has!

Calming patients

It’s no secret that not all patients enjoy visiting the dental office. Some are even scared or nervous about their appointment. Fortunately, dental assistants have a knack for making the experience less stressful.

“I enjoy making sure my patients are no longer worried,” says Jessica. “I make sure they know that I am there for them and that it will be OK.”


Dental assistants are constantly busy, with a variety of tasks to accomplish each workday. Sometimes, it can feel like you’re always on your feet and don’t even have time for a break!

“Assisting is definitely a juggling act sometimes,” agrees Angie.

Reading minds

Dental assistants often tell us that they’re in sync with the dentist, always anticipating his or her needs so the appointment runs smoothly. Some might even say you’re the dentist’s extra eyes and hands!

“One of the best moments of my day is when a patient picks up on the fact that I can hand everything to the dentist without them ever having to ask for it,” says Rhona.

Sharing your knowledge

Dental assistants are educated professionals. Many of you agree that sharing your knowledge with patients is one of your favorite things about the role.

“The more I learn, the more I am able to help and inform not only my family and friends, but also my own patients about prevention, as well as the treatment they’re having done,” says Addy.

Transforming smiles

Dental assistants have a hand in helping enhance not just patients’ oral health, but their smiles as well. For many, this transformation can have life-changing effects!

“When I was working in orthodontics especially, I saw how dentistry changes people’s lives,” recalls Cora Lee, CDA. “They have more confidence in themselves, and it makes me feel good that we’ve had a part of it.”

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