ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MAJOR JOB FUNCTIONS
Promotes dental health by completing dental prophylaxis; providing oral cancer
screening and radiographic studies; charting conditions of decay and disease;
performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act.
1. General Office Duties
• Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information
• Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures,
rules, and regulations.
• Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies
• Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory
level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for
supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
• Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to
accomplish job results.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational
workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal
networks; participating in professional societies.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
• Answering phones as needed.
• Confirming Appointments; discussing cancellations and re-assigning new
2. Patient Care
• Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
• Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
• Asking about the patients medical history and taking blood pressure and
• Serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control
protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
• Helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
• Providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or
other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration
• Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral
(e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
• Taking impressions of patients teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
• Performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal
• Communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments,
answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies)
• Helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including
orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery
3. Financial Responsibility
• Discusses Care Credit Options
• Discusses payment options as required
OTHER ASPECTS OF THE JOB:
Dental Health Maintenance, Use of Dental Technology, Infection Control,
Patient Services, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Listening, Teamwork,
Bedside Manner, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Use of Medical Technologies,
Performing Diagnostic Procedures
EDUCATION AND MANDATORY SKILLS:
-High school diploma or equivalent required.
-Dental Assisting Certification required
-Highly proficient computer skills-This is digital Dental Office
-1+ years’ industry experience preferred
-1+ year(s) experience in a Perio office a plus
- Experience with industry-related software
- Internet and E-mail Savvy
EXPERIENCE AND INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE:
Prefer 1+ years of industry experience in a dental office.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Physical hazards: These include musculoskeletal complications which have
direct relation to dentistry procedure, like postural situations that may
increase the risk of twisting and contorting the body, varicose, etc.
Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Must be able to
grip and hold dental tools.
Dental Assisting-Experience in a periodontal office a plus: 1 year