Could I Become a Successful Dental Assistant?
A dental assistant works closely with dentists and patients and is an integral part of the contemporary dentist's office. Do you think this might be the right career path for you? Take the self-assessment quiz below and find out if you have the traits that make for a great dental assistant!
How many of the following characteristics apply to you?
|Do you want to help others?||Yes or No|
|Do you enjoy working as part of a team?||Yes or No|
|Are you personable?||Yes or No|
|Can you put people at ease?||Yes or No|
|Do you communicate effectively?||Yes or No|
|Are you a good listener?||Yes or No|
|Are you good at anticipating and assessing the needs of others?||Yes or No|
|Are you comfortable dealing with others' bodies?||Yes or No|
|Are you passionate about oral hygiene and dental health?||Yes or No|
|Do you pay close attention to detail?||Yes or No|
|Are you organized?||Yes or No|
|Are you dexterous?||Yes or No|
Why Are These Necessary Qualities for a Dental Assistant?
Do you want to help others?
A dental assistant's work is divided between helping a dentist and working with patients. A commitment to serving others is essential to this job.
Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
A dental assistant has to take pride in being an integral member of the dental team in order to find fulfillment in this job.
Are you personable?
Assistants often greet patients first. They should be conversational and friendly in order to create a rapport and keep patients coming back to the office.
Can you put people at ease?
Making the dentist's office a comfortable and welcoming environment helps ease the minds of patients who have fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist.
Do you communicate effectively?
A dental assistant must be able to clearly and effectively articulate patients' concerns to the dentist, while also relaying information about oral hygiene and dental procedures to patients.
Are you a good listener?
Like all dental staff, a dental assistant should be sensitive to the needs and comfort of patients. Being an active listener can help ensure the best possible patient experience.
Are you good at anticipating and assessing the needs of others?
To help a dentist practice effectively, a dental assistant observes the dentist they work with and develops the ability to anticipate his or her next steps and the needs that go with them.
Are you comfortable dealing with others' bodies?
Dental assistants shouldn't be made squeamish by blood, saliva or needles, as these will be common sights during their day-to-day activities.
Are you passionate about oral hygiene and dental health?
Having a passion for oral hygiene is vital to working as a dental assistant. One of an assistant's main job duties is to educate patients in proper oral healthcare and hygiene.
Do you pay close attention to detail?
Dentistry is a meticulous craft and requires a detail-oriented mind to adhere to the practices and procedures that ensure patient safety.
Are you organized?
Dental assistants handle patient records and schedule appointments in addition to their other responsibilities. To stay on top of all these tasks, a dental assistant must be organized.
Are you dexterous?
Good manual dexterity allows a dental assistant to be adept at handling such tools as pliers, forceps and sterilizers.
Beginning Your Dental Assisting Career
Did you answer yes to the majority of the questions above? If so, you could be a great candidate for a job as a dental assistant. Aspiring dental assistants need to study biology, anatomy and some chemistry while in high school. While assistants can get formal dental training, they can also sometimes gain the experience and knowledge they need through on-the-job training.