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Dental Assistants
District Of Columbia

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Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

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Currently Employed: 490

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.52 - $22.14

Typical Annual Salary: $28,100 - $46,000

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.

tools & technology

  • Dental dam supplies
  • Dental forceps
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories
  • Orthodontic pliers
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers

  • Accounting software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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