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What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Dental Assistant interview

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to see the types of traits you value the most. Likely, the characteristics that you mention while answering this question are going to be traits that you have. When answering this question, focus on your daily routine, personal skills, and organization skills.

What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
Answer example

"I think being able to work well in a team, clearly communicate, and consistently provide excellent customer service are incredibly important traits to have as a dental assistant. Rest assured, I would bring these traits with me to this role."

Entry Level

"Through my dental assistant education, I learned that the best key traits to have include a keen eye on safety, hygiene, and good bedside manner."

Experienced

"I believe that a dental assistant needs to have excellent documentation skills, the ability to make a client feel comfortable, and a strong sense of safety. These are all traits that I possess and will bring with me if hired."

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What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
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Honest communication, sense of humor, a desire to serve others.
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Friendly Detailed oriented Listening skills.
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Professionalism at all times. Caution when handling instruments and sterilizing instruments post a procedure Kindness and passion for your position and being respectful to your co workers.
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Compassion, organization, problem solving.
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To be personable, To have the appropriate skills needed and pleasant to work with.
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Patience, Empathy and Dedication.
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Paitence empithy good communication.
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Strong communicational skill attention to detail. good understanding of dental procedures.
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Time management skills well a good team worker and excellent manual dextrity.
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Focus Punctuality Honest.
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Knowledge. Skill. And diligence.
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Ability to catch on quickly, have a calm and collected attitude in any procedure,
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Caring, organised, happy.
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Organization, time management, and nuturing.
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The three traits a dental assistant should have are: patience, adaptable, and being positive to any given situation.
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Great listening skill Sharp sense to Details Interpersonal skills.
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Honesty, being able to work with the public, and being able to work both with a team as well as work independently.
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Efficient, fast learner, over sees.
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Fast learner to new techniques, exceptional communication skills and patience.
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Cleanliness, personable & compassion.
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Clear communication, foresight, teamwork.
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Integrity, compassion and desire to learn.
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Patients be able to communicate and be good with people.
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The ability to get along with patients, the ability to learn quickly and also do as directed.
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A dental assistant need traits such as caring, teamwork and organized.
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1. Being able to Mulit-task2. Personable3. Manual dexterity.
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A positive attitude, great communication skills, fast and efficient.
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Ability listen, learn, and be tenacious.
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CPR, EFDA, Dental radiographs license.
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Listening, concentration, medical technology.
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Well organized, communication skills, team player.
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Adaptability, detail oriented, patience.
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Able to anticipate next step in treatment, good manual dexterity and a caring attitude.
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Compassion, organization, and working well with the dentist. (Anticipate his/her needs)
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Multitask, anticipate the next move and be quick on their feet.
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Detail oriented, the ability to multi task and great customer service.
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Communication, work as a team or independently and always improving my skills.
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Good bedside manner, knowledge and compassion.
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I believe three key traits a dental assistant must have is 1. A desire to serve others 2. A sense of humor - meaning you can see the lighter side of stressful situations when dealing with patients 3. Team playing skills.
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Multi-tasking, communication, and speed.
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Being a dental assistant, you have to be friendly, professional and being able to practice the proper sanitation in the dental office to avoid contamination.
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Be able to communicate effectively with patients and staff, follow instructions and learn quickly, and be efficient in their work.
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People skills, being comforting, attention to detail.
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Attentive, have strong communicative skills, enjoy working with hands.
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Team player, compassionate, and dependable.
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Very good listening skills. Observation skills. And a warm and welcoming persona and the ability to to engage with all social demographics.
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Pacience, understending, knowledge,
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Attention to detail work great with others Communicate well with patients.
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Positive attitude, attention to detail, and an understanding for patient needs and concerns.
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Well organized, communication skills, multi-tasker.
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Team work, empathy in working with patients, listing skills.
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To be sympathetic towards patients, a team player towards staff, fast learner.
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Three key traits a dental assistant needs to have are 1: anticipating what the dentist needs before he needs it, 2: knowledge of materials and instruments to prepare for each patient and the dentist, and 3: presenting a friendly, courteous atmosphere for patients and staff.
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Soft skills confident realible.
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Dependable, calming, and cheerful.
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I should have an effective communication skills, interpersonal and calm attitude.
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Great attitude, flexibility, fast learner.
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Patience, easy going and know how to make the patient feel at ease.
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Listening skills, communication skills and working with a team.
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A love for assisting. 2. Good listening skills 3. Compassion.
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Multi tasker, communication skills, well organized.
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Caring, motivated, hardworking.
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Organized dependable time management.
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Good hygiene a great attitude and a willingness to listen.
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Organization, communication skills and hard working.
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Three traits would be kind, patient, and hard working.
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Great customer service, instrument skills and a smile.
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Good interpersonal skills multitasking quick learner.
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Organisational skill, the ability to adapt and to show empathy.
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Understanding, patient care, good personality.
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Team Player, personable, and confident.
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Anticipation, attention to detail, discretion.
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Organize cheerful helping people.
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Compassion... Multi task... Self starter.
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Patience love and cleaniness.
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Dependable, Caring, and fasy.
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Organized, Able to multi-task and be a team player.
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Friendly and customer service, Team player, ability to work under pressure.
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Good communication skills respect love.
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Good communication, well organized, professionalism.
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Knowledgeable in the field of dentistry providing excellence customer service Great Work ethic.
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Good work ethic, honesty, patience.
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Fast, efficient, quick learner.
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Communication skills, team player, organized.
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Good communication skills, a drive to help others and being a team player are the traits a dental assistant needs to have.
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Flexibility good listening skills time management.
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Team work, multitasking, communication.
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Good eork ethic bring able to multy task and being a good team player.
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Strong communication skills Hard working Pay attention.
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Great attitute Clean Confident.
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Willing to learn, caring, team player.
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Gesture, should understand the exact role of assistant.
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Well organized, clear communication, efficiency as a team or solo.
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Friendly, attention to detail, fast.
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Team skills versatility communication skills.
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Accurate, helpful and patient.
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Good communication skills, patient, and a good listener.
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Genuine care for others, ability to stand and walk for long periods of time, and multi tasking.
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Confidence, positive attitude, ethics.
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Claim, quicker, motivated.
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Be calm, have a good communication skills and follow dentist instructions.
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Efficiency, time management, good communication skills.
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Organized, to know infectiocontroal.
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1. Attention to detail. 2.Good listener. 3. Reliable.
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Commitment to their work and patients, attentiveness, open and willing to learn.
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Attention to detail good communication skills empathy.
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A dental assistant must be able to adapt to different patients throughout the day, an assistant must be a caring individual, and last but not least an assistant should always be confident to perform a task to their fullest capability.
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Communication skills, multi-task, and well-organinzed.
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Foresight, anticipating the needs of the dentist. Clear communication, the ability and confidence to ask questions. The ability to work in a team and alone.
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Knowledgeable, team player, well organized.
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Organizational skills, friendly and able to keep patients calm and reassure them and their safety.
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Friendly, knowledgeable, hard working.
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Organized, good communicator, and good at multitask.
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Patience, knowledge, kindness.
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Compassion, integrity, and organization.
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Dedication, ability to respond quickly with changing demand, willingness to be part of a team.
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Good listener friendly and approachable.
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-aware of there surroundings, with paitents and communicationg with otheres.
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They need to be a good communicator Have good motor skills And be a friendly and positive person.
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Good communication, team player, patience, well organised.
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Efficiency, work well as a team, passion.
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Freindly, can deal with fast pace, organized.
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1. Team player 2. Motivated 3. Positive outlook.
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I think dental assistants need to be good listeners, patient and empathetic. Good listener to be able to take direction and hear the patients complaint or problems, Patient as there will sometimes be patients who struggle with anxiety and are quite young therefore they are scared, and empathetic to be able to understand what the patient is going through and putting myself in their shows to see their point of view.
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A peoples person, energetic, hard working with hands on.
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Anticipate doctor and patient needs, multitask, teachable.
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I think those would be hardwork, great communication skills (that is with the dentist and patients both) and ability to learn.
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Being one step ahead of the dentist be organized be quick.
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Eye hand coordination and detail, kindness and patience.
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Patients, attention to detail, and organization.
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Communication is very key. People skills and listening skills.
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Good communication, Great people skills and professionalism.
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Organization, people skills, and multi-tasker.
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Teamwork, good listener, communication.
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Compassion, orgainisation, level headedness.
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Communication skills well organized ability to anticipate the needs of the dentist.
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Great communication skills, organization, and patiences.
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Strong hygiene. Well organised and multi tasker.
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Awareness, multi-task, anticipate the Doctors needs, strong interpersonal skills,
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Dexterity, patience and being alble to multitask.
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Enthusiasm, patience, detail oriented.
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People skills, communication skills, and self motivated.
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Patience, Positivity, and strong attention to detail.
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Patience, Communication, Coachable.
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Experience, Skills and Abilities.
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See into the future, look ahead and anticipate what the dentist will need. Stay calm, if you see something that could go wrong you need to be prepared. General cleanliness.
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Communication skills, multi-tasking, and organization.
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Compassion, patience and experience.
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Good Communication. Good listening skills. Good patient cooperation skills.
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Keen observation, compassionate demeanor and a willingness to learn.
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A good attitude, efficiency, and reliability.
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Communication skills, work well in a team, and the ability to adjust to difficult and challenging situations.
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Be ready for change like emergency respect our patient and be very good team player.
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To be observant have empathy for clients detail orientated.
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A desire to server others, integrity, compaction and empathy, intelligent.
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Ready to learn, happy to work, honest and of welcoming nature.
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Dependability. Team player. Communication with the dentist.
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Clear communication, the dental assisants needs to be willing to work at a fast pace, and foresight.
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Three key traits a dental assistant should have is, great communication skills, a compassion for other people, and a drive to be succesfull.
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Cleanliness, respect, and friendliness.
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I believe a dental assistant needs to be incredibly compassionate and understanding of their patient. Being friendly and truly interested in their lives can help to create a calming and comfortable atmosphere even when treatments or procedures may be anything but that. Additionally, dental assistants need to be very detail oriented and patient so as to perform their duties completely and efficiently while minimizing any mistakes. Lastly, a dental assistant needs to be in tune with areas that they can help. The dentist relies on them for assistance with procedures, cleanings, equipment and tool setup, and being able to determine where they can provide an extra set of hands is very important.
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Compassion, honesty, integrity.
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Calm, confident and reassuring.
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Three key traits: A desire to serve others inegrity, compassion and empathy.
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Multitasking, good people skills and have to always be 1 step ahead.
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Patience, compassion, experience.
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Ambitious Friendly Patient.
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Team player, organized, communicates well.
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Attention to detail, fast, caring.
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Patience, great communication skills, and compassion.
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Responsibility, well organized, Professional.
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Good communication skills, dependable and a good relationship with patients.
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Communication co ordination anticipation.
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Customer Service oriented, cleanliness and organization.
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Three key traits a dental assistant needs to have is the ability to listen to instructions, the ability to hand the dentist or hygienist instruments that they may need, and for the assistant to clean up any and all messes made in the office.
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- time management - team work -working under pressure.
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Listing, organizing and mulitasking.
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Compassion, caring and enthusiasm.
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Compassionate, patient and efficient.
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People skills, organization and knowledge.
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Persuede, hygene and focus on the job.
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Staying one step ahead of the doctor by being prepared, being a team player and being suffecent.
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Great patient care Great personality Very thorough.
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Patient, mind reader, and to be able to understand a patient with a mouth full of gauze.
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Atttention to detail, friendly, hand skills.
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Good communication skills which can help relieve anxiety of the patient Good knowledge of sterilization and disinfection protocols Ability to act effectively and calmly in emergency situations.
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Clear communication, willing to work on a team or solo, and foresight is crucial to the field.
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Personable, reliable, hardworking,
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Friendly, Communicative, Positive demeanor.
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Strong communication skills, team player and multi tasker.
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Knowledge of tray-sets ups, taking x-rays and assisting the dentist.
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Patient good with people and organised.
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A dental assistant should be caring and calm to make the patient feel comfortable, they should also be diligent in their work as infection control is extremely important. Being a good team-worker is also important.
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Being able to handle all different personalities and differences not only with patients but with fellow staff and mangement. 2. The ability to anticipate the what the dentist needs and/or what he will do next. 3. Calm demeanor... Not flying off the handle either in emergency situations and/or emotional ones.
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Compassionate and have empathy a sense of humor Team player.
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Listening skills, friendly and hard worker.
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Communication, good attitude, and energetic.
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Good character, willing to learn, and fat.
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Time management, reliable and a team worker.
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Precision, time management, and multi tasker.
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Organization, communication and time management.
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Skills, adapting to each office they work at, organized.
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Great communication, a caring attitude, and the ability to adapt.
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Skill, professionalism, and friendliness.
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Knowledge, attention to detail, customer service.
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Self-motivation attention to details able to communicate and help patients feel at ease.
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Patients, knowledge and speed.
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Communication skill, well organized, team player.
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Positive teamworker dependable.
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Communications skilss, well organized and a team playerr.
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Well organized, communication skills, multi-tasker.

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