Skills Dental Assistant near St. John's (NL)

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "dental assistant" was moved from the group Dental assistants (NOC 3411) to the group Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (NOC 33100).

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a dental assistant in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Dental assistants (NOC 33100).

Tasks

  • Prepare patients for dental examinations
  • Order dental and office supplies
  • Prepare dental instruments and filling materials
  • Perform reception and clerical duties
  • Sterilize and maintain instruments and equipment
  • Educate patients concerning oral hygiene
  • Polish teeth and clinical crowns and apply fluoride and sealant
  • Schedule and confirm appointments
  • Perform intra-oral duties
  • Take and develop X-rays
  • Record dental procedures performed on patients
  • Invoice patients for dental services
  • Fabricate and place temporary crowns and restorations
  • Take preliminary impressions for diagnostic casts

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

    Skills

  • Management Help -
    • Strategic Planning
    • Leading and Motivating
    • Allocating and Controlling Resources
    • Evaluating
    • Co-ordinating and Organizing
    • Recruiting and Hiring
    • Supervising
  • Communication Help -
    • Negotiating and Adjudicating
    • Liaising and Networking
    • Teaching and Training
    • Professional Communicating
    • Advising and Consulting
    • Promoting and Selling
    • Interviewing
  • Creative Expression Help -
    • Designing
    • Writing
    • Performing and Entertaining
  • Building Help -
    • Constructing
    • Installing Building Interior Infrastructure
    • Finishing Building Interior/Exterior
    • Restoring and Repairing
  • Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Help -
    • Installing and Setting-Up Technical Infrastructure
    • Debugging and Reprogramming Technical Systems
    • Using Specialized Instrumentation and Equipment

    Knowledge

  • Mathematics and Science Help -
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Physics
    • Earth Sciences (Geosciences)
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
  • Business, Finance and Management Help -
    • Business Management
    • Business Administration
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Accounting
    • Personnel and Human Resources
    • Clerical
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Client Service
  • Engineering and Technology Help -
    • Engineering and Applied Technologies
    • Computer and Information Systems
    • Electricity (Electrical and Electronics)
    • Design
    • Building and Construction
    • Mechanics and Machinery
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