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Twelve Habits of Dental Assistant Rock Stars

Twelve Habits of Dental Assistant Rock Stars

A rock star dental assistant’s mission is to assist the dentist in every way possible, enabling him or her to provide efficient, high quality dentistry to patients.

This includes striving to maintain excellent patient relations, ensuring the patient is well cared for, happy and satisfied.

Twelve Habits of Dental Assistant Rock Stars

Dental assistant rock star habit #1: A rock star DA ensure he or she is properly trained and continuously strives to improve his or her skill set. 

Dental assistant rock star habit #2: A rock star DA needs to have initiative. For example, if a dental assistant feels there is room for improvement, they can research what's working for other practices in terms of materials, techniques, etc.

Dental assistant rock star habit #3: A rock star DA should ask questions of the dentist in advance such as, “Are you planning a buildup and with what material?” or “Is this a final impression today?”.

Dental assistant rock star habit #4: A rock star DA needs to be accountable and take pride in their work. 

Dental assistant rock star habit #5: A rock star DA needs to know why a procedure is done, not just how it is done. 

Dental assistant rock star habit #6: A rock star DA needs to be open to constructive correction and criticism.

Dental assistant rock star habit #7: A rock star DA needs to predict what instruments or supplies the dentist will need.

Dental assistant rock star habit #8: A rock star DA should always look at the upcoming two days to help organize and plan accordingly. 

Dental assistant rock star habit #9: A rock star DA must truly care about patients and want to help them. 

Dental assistant rock star habit #10: A rock star DA should always chat with a patient after the dentist leaves the room letting the patient know the dentist is the #1 dentist they’ve ever worked with and that the treatment recommended is spot on.

Dental assistant rock star habit #11:  A rock star DA must be able to communicate effectively when answering questions or explaining treatment to patients.

Dental assistant rock star habit #12: A rock star DA must be able to communicate effectively to the Treatment Coordinator when passing to the patient to ensure the patient’s needs are met.

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