What is a Dental Assistant?

Dental assistants are vital members of the oral healthcare team who work with other dental healthcare professionals. Dental assistants facilitate the work of dentists and hygienists. ODAA regards dental assistants as being both clinical and administrative assistants. Clinical assistants work at chairside by assisting the dentist with dental procedures. Dental assistants may expose radiographs and perform other intra-oral duties. Dental assistants are responsible for infection control protocols within the office. They clean, disinfect & sterilize dental instruments and dental apparatuses.

Administrative assistants or dental receptionists work at the front desk to assist patients and support office operations.

See our Scope of Practice for a complete list of duties that Ontario dental assistants can perform.