Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

Sample dental assistant job description

[Company X] is seeking a friendly and energetic dental assistant for our practice. Our ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and experienced in implementing safety and cleanliness measures. As one of the first faces clients will see when they enter our doors, you should possess a natural excitement for helping people and making them feel comfortable.

You will offer support to the lead dentist before, during, and after their procedures. In addition, you will prepare rooms and equipment for all client appointments and help maintain operational efficiency as the business serves clients throughout the day.

Objectives of this role

  • Support the head dentist by assisting with surgical and non-surgical tasks
  • Improve the operational efficiency of our practice over time
  • Help our practice become known for offering outstanding client experiences
  • Maintain a clean, sanitary workspace at all times


  • Thoroughly sanitize dental equipment before and after each use
  • Monitor supply inventory usage and minimize waste
  • Review patient background and gather health information
  • Communicate oral hygiene and tooth care information to clients
  • Take X-rays of clients’ teeth as needed, and interpret results
  • Organize, sanitize, and coordinate restocking of dental equipment and accessories

Skills and qualifications

  • Familiar with common dental instruments and sanitizing practices
  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills
  • Extremely organized and precise
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiar with navigating electronic medical records (EMRs)

Preferred qualifications

  • Dental assistant training or certification
  • Knowledge and certification in X-rays and other related equipment