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What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
Advice
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.
Answer examples
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"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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User-Submitted Answers

What are three key traits a dental assistant needs to have?
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Well organized, communication skills, multi-tasker.
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Communication skill, well organized, team player.
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Patients, knowledge and speed.
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Knowledgeable, team player, well organized.
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Knowledge, attention to detail, customer service.
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Adaptability, detail oriented, patience.
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Anticipation, attention to detail, discretion.
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Team Player, personable, and confident.
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Great communication skills, organization, and patiences.
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-aware of there surroundings, with paitents and communicationg with otheres.
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Knowledge of tray-sets ups, taking x-rays and assisting the dentist.
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1. Being able to Mulit-task2. Personable3. Manual dexterity.
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Patients, attention to detail, and organization.
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Communications skilss, well organized and a team playerr.
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Three key traits: A desire to serve others inegrity, compassion and empathy.
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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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Organized, good communicator, and good at multitask.
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Be ready for change like emergency respect our patient and be very good team player.
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Communication skills, multi-task, and well-organinzed.
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Time management skills well a good team worker and excellent manual dextrity.
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People skills, communication skills, and self motivated.
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Good communication, team player, patience, well organised.
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Fast learner to new techniques, exceptional communication skills and patience.
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Patience, easy going and know how to make the patient feel at ease.
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Calm, confident and reassuring.
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Knowledgeable in the field of dentistry providing excellence customer service Great Work ethic.
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Paitence empithy good communication.
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Good listener friendly and approachable.
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Good communication skills respect love.
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Communication co ordination anticipation.
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Caring, organised, happy.
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Patience, Communication, Coachable.
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Organization, communication and time management.
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Being one step ahead of the dentist be organized be quick.
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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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Understanding, patient care, good personality.
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Integrity, compassion and desire to learn.
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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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Dedication, ability to respond quickly with changing demand, willingness to be part of a team.
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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 skills, a drive to help others and being a team player are the traits a dental assistant needs to have.
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Good communication, Great people skills and professionalism.
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A love for assisting. 2. Good listening skills 3. Compassion.
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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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Ability listen, learn, and be tenacious.
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Freindly, can deal with fast pace, organized.
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Multi tasker, communication skills, well organized.
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Team work, multitasking, communication.
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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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Honest communication, sense of humor, a desire to serve others.
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Ambitious Friendly Patient.
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Awareness, multi-task, anticipate the Doctors needs, strong interpersonal skills,
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Communication, good attitude, and energetic.
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Cleanliness, personable & compassion.
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Accurate, helpful and patient.
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Skills, adapting to each office they work at, organized.
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Patience, Empathy and Dedication.
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Strong communicational skill attention to detail. good understanding of dental procedures.
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Patients be able to communicate and be good with people.
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Enthusiasm, patience, detail oriented.
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Soft skills confident realible.
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Compassion, orgainisation, level headedness.
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Organized, Able to multi-task and be a team player.
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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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A good attitude, efficiency, and reliability.
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Multitasking, good people skills and have to always be 1 step ahead.
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Caring, motivated, hardworking.
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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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Customer Service oriented, cleanliness and organization.
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Personable, reliable, hardworking,
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Strong communication skills, team player and multi tasker.
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Precision, time management, and multi tasker.
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Organisational skill, the ability to adapt and to show empathy.
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A dental assistant need traits such as caring, teamwork and organized.
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Willing to learn, caring, team player.
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Dependability. Team player. Communication with the dentist.
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Organization, communication skills and hard working.
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1. Team player 2. Motivated 3. Positive outlook.
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Strong hygiene. Well organised and multi tasker.
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Good work ethic, honesty, patience.
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Attentive, have strong communicative skills, enjoy working with hands.
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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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A desire to server others, integrity, compaction and empathy, intelligent.
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Attention to detail good communication skills empathy.
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People skills, organization and knowledge.
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Positive teamworker dependable.
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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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Friendly, Communicative, Positive demeanor.
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Compassion, organization, problem solving.
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Experience, Skills and Abilities.
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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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Good interpersonal skills multitasking quick learner.
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Anticipate doctor and patient needs, multitask, teachable.
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Organization, people skills, and multi-tasker.
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Cleanliness, respect, and friendliness.
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Efficient, fast learner, over sees.
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Good communication, well organized, professionalism.
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Keen observation, compassionate demeanor and a willingness to learn.
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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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I should have an effective communication skills, interpersonal and calm attitude.
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Good Communication. Good listening skills. Good patient cooperation skills.
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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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Be able to communicate effectively with patients and staff, follow instructions and learn quickly, and be efficient in their work.
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Great communication, a caring attitude, and the ability to adapt.
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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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Well organized, communication skills, multi-tasker.
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Compassionate and have empathy a sense of humor Team player.
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Pacience, understending, knowledge,
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Flexibility good listening skills time management.
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Patience, compassion, experience.
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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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Team work, empathy in working with patients, listing skills.
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Good character, willing to learn, and fat.
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Great attitute Clean Confident.
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Multitask, anticipate the next move and be quick on their feet.
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Organized, to know infectiocontroal.
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Multi-tasking, communication, and speed.
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Claim, quicker, motivated.
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Compassion, integrity, and organization.
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Patience, Positivity, and strong attention to detail.
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Compassion, patience and experience.
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Efficiency, time management, good communication skills.
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Ability to catch on quickly, have a calm and collected attitude in any procedure,
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Fast, efficient, quick learner.
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Detail oriented, the ability to multi task and great customer service.
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Listening skills, communication skills and working with a team.
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Commitment to their work and patients, attentiveness, open and willing to learn.
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Great customer service, instrument skills and a smile.
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Well organized, communication skills, team player.
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Strong communication skills Hard working Pay attention.
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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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The three traits a dental assistant should have are: patience, adaptable, and being positive to any given situation.
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Efficiency, work well as a team, passion.
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Organized dependable time management.
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Communication, work as a team or independently and always improving my skills.
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Gesture, should understand the exact role of assistant.
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CPR, EFDA, Dental radiographs license.
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Communication skills, team player, organized.
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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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Good eork ethic bring able to multy task and being a good team player.
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A peoples person, energetic, hard working with hands on.
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Communication skills well organized ability to anticipate the needs of the dentist.
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Compassion, honesty, integrity.
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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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Friendly, knowledgeable, hard working.
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Team player, compassionate, and dependable.
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Compassion... Multi task... Self starter.
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Dependable, calming, and cheerful.
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Friendly and customer service, Team player, ability to work under pressure.
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Dexterity, patience and being alble to multitask.
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Focus Punctuality Honest.
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Persuede, hygene and focus on the job.
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Confidence, positive attitude, ethics.
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To be observant have empathy for clients detail orientated.
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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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Organization, time management, and nuturing.
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Friendly Detailed oriented Listening skills.
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- time management - team work -working under pressure.
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A positive attitude, great communication skills, fast and efficient.
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Responsibility, well organized, Professional.
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Patient good with people and organised.
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Great listening skill Sharp sense to Details Interpersonal skills.
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Good communication skills, dependable and a good relationship with patients.
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Communication is very key. People skills and listening skills.
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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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Good communication skills, patient, and a good listener.
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Atttention to detail, friendly, hand skills.
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Good hygiene a great attitude and a willingness to listen.
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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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1. Attention to detail. 2.Good listener. 3. Reliable.
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Team player, organized, communicates well.
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Patience, knowledge, kindness.
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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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Great attitude, flexibility, fast learner.
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Friendly, attention to detail, fast.
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Listening, concentration, medical technology.
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Great patient care Great personality Very thorough.
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Listening skills, friendly and hard worker.
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Compassionate, patient and efficient.
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Organizational skills, friendly and able to keep patients calm and reassure them and their safety.
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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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Listing, organizing and mulitasking.
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To be sympathetic towards patients, a team player towards staff, fast learner.
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Well organized, clear communication, efficiency as a team or solo.
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Dependable, Caring, and fasy.
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Teamwork, good listener, communication.
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Compassion, caring and enthusiasm.
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People skills, being comforting, attention to detail.
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Team skills versatility communication skills.
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Organize cheerful helping people.
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Good bedside manner, knowledge and compassion.
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Three traits would be kind, patient, and hard working.
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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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Eye hand coordination and detail, kindness and patience.
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Attention to detail, fast, caring.
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Communication skills, multi-tasking, and organization.
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To be personable, To have the appropriate skills needed and pleasant to work with.
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Compassion, organization, and working well with the dentist. (Anticipate his/her needs)
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Self-motivation attention to details able to communicate and help patients feel at ease.
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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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Be calm, have a good communication skills and follow dentist instructions.
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Knowledge. Skill. And diligence.
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Skill, professionalism, and friendliness.
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Able to anticipate next step in treatment, good manual dexterity and a caring attitude.
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Clear communication, foresight, teamwork.
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Patience, great communication skills, and compassion.
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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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Patience love and cleaniness.
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Time management, reliable and a team worker.
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Ready to learn, happy to work, honest and of welcoming nature.