Dental assistants help dentists examine and treat patients, and perform some administrative tasks.
Dental assistants help dentists examine and treat patients, and perform some administrative tasks. You may work for a dentist's office, or with a government or educational institution. You may also be called a certified dental assistant, certified intra-oral dental assistant, registered dental assistant, dental clinical assistant or preventative dental assistant.
Generally, dental assistants:
- Prepare patients for dental examination and help the dentist during checkups.
- Sterilize and maintain dental instruments and equipment.
- Inform patients about caring for their teeth and mouth.
- Take and develop X-rays.
- Clean teeth and apply fluoride and sealant.
- Schedule patient appointments.
- Prepare invoices for patients and insurance companies.
- Order dental and office supplies.
This job requires:
College or University
This job requires
0 - 2
years of work experience.
As a dental assistant, you need to:
- Speak, write and read English.
- Have communication skills to get information from patients, explain procedures and make them feel comfortable.
- Follow written directions to mix and use products.
- Record information accurately.
- Keep up-to-date on new procedures and products.
- Use a computer to enter patient data and create invoices.
- Have good problem solving skills.
- Work well with others and on your own.
Source: Ontario Skills Passport
You need to communicate in person and in writing with patients and co-workers. You also need to take notes, check patient charts and other forms for accuracy, and follow written product directions. You need to use dental terminology.
Labour Market Information
Job opportunities in the field are increasing because the population in Canada is aging and needs dental care. As well, more people have dental insurance to pay for dental services.
The work prospects for this job are:
Source: Ontario Job Futures [PDF]
The average hourly wage for this job is: C$18.55/hour.
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Although the field of dentistry does not specifically have bridging programs, there are several programs for internationally educated professionals which can you prepare for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) examinations.
Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).
Work Experience Programs
Many college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
Voluntary Membership Opportunities
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