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Dental Assistant

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Tasks

Prepare patient, sterilize and disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, and assist dentist during dental procedures.

Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.

Record treatment information in patient records.

Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.

Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.

Assist dentist in management of medical and dental emergencies.

Pour, trim, and polish study casts.

Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.

Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.

Clean and polish removable appliances.

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Skills

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities

Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Tasks, KSAs sourced from O*Net

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