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Dental Assistant Job Description

About Us

When people are embarrassed to smile, socialize in public, or chew the foods they love, the passion to live fully the way they once did is lost. At Potomac Dental Centre, we pride ourselves in taking the time to understand each patient and create custom plans specific to the needs and desires of all of our patients. We pledge to guide all of our patients through their dental journey and restore their smile so that they can live confidently.

Just as we are advocates for our patients, our entire team advocates for one another. Professional and personal growth is encouraged and supported. We believe that the only way to have happy, confident patients is to first make sure our employees are happy and confident in themselves.

Our assistants understand that their success is dependent on being able to continually grow and develop. Our lead assistant leads from a mindset of service first and sets clear expectations of you in order to set you up for success. Potomac Dental Centre is an environment where people can discover, develop, and be rewarded for their talents and hard work.


At Potomac Dental Centre, our culture is built upon our core values:

  • Team Spirit/Unity: recognizing that each of our actions has an impact on those around us and taking responsibility for them.
  • Appreciation: being grateful to our team, patients, and our own work/abilities and showing our appreciation to others.
  • Lifelong Learning: pushing ourselves and one another to continually improve on skills and abilities.
  • Highest Quality: we strive to provide our patients and our team with the highest quality dental treatment and environment.
  • Empathy: many of our patients come to us not feeling their best, it’s our job to make them feel better without judgement or condemnation.

Our core values represent the commitment we have for our patients and for one another.

A Day In The Life

On any given day at Potomac Dental Centre, you can expect to encounter the following:

  • Arriving 15 minutes before our daily morning huddle at 7:30am.
  • Working with a driven team of dental assistants.
  • Caring for patients and listening to their needs.
  • Working in an office that values team success over individual success.
  • Treating every patient with respect and kindness regardless of their behavior.
  • Seeing 7-12 patients a day.
  • Assisting through procedures in all areas of the clinical space, including room setup/breakdown, four handed dentistry, sterilization, etc.
  • Contributing to supply and inventory management.
  • Using all equipment with care.
  • Improving on daily essential tasks such as taking quality xrays and before & after photos, suctioning, and patient care.
  • Supporting the hygienist in any needed aspect of preventative and periodontal procedures.
  • Completing opening and closing duties as a team.

This Role Is For You If You’re

  • Growth-Oriented: Someone who wants to continue learning and building their abilities through persistence and feedback.
  • Productive: Someone who understands their role is to help the team to win and takes into account the company’s profits and objectives.
  • Driven: Someone who is willing to take continuing education courses and takes responsibility for their own development to succeed in their career.
  • Positive: Someone who is able to maintain an upbeat attitude, bringing out the smiles of those around them.
  • Clean/Organized: Someone who is able to take pride in keeping a clean and tidy workspace.
  • Confident: Someone who is able to schedule patients, ask for payment, or answer appropriate questions.

This Role Is Not For You If You

  • Prefer to work solo rather than with a team.
  • Are uncomfortable being in close proximity with a wide variety of people with different beliefs, orientations, language barriers, or identities daily.
  • Are uncomfortable with duty or task changes.
  • Are interested in a shorter term job rather than a long term career in dentistry.
  • Fear conflict or constructive guidance.
  • Prefer not to attend unpaid, after hours team parties, activities, and events.
  • Prefer not to travel for continuing education courses.

What Winning Looks Like

  • Continuing education and pursuing professional certifications.
  • Staying on time throughout the workday.
  • Providing support for your team, even if tasks are outside of your typical duties.
  • Improving speed and quality of job performance.
  • Meeting daily goals.
  • Positive quarterly performance reviews.

Deal Breakers

  • Unable to attend daily 7:30 am morning huddles.
  • Unwilling to get certified in various specialties of dental assisting.
  • Unwilling to participate in community outreach programs.
  • Unable to leave drama at the door.

What’s Next

Want to join our team? Great! If you enjoy working with driven team members and are looking to make a difference in the community, apply today! We take culture very seriously, and because of that, when it’s right, it’s right. If after reading the full job description you are thinking, “this sounds PERFECT for me,” then we want to get to know you. When you join the team here at Potomac Dental Centre, you can expect everyday to be a fun adventure that you get to experience with a driven group of really amazing people. We strive to be a place where our team is comfortable discovering, developing, and being rewarded for their talents.
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