Dental Assistants


The section discusses the following topics :

> What Is a Dental Assistant?

>What Do Dental Assistants do?

>Education & Preparation

>Career Opportunities

What Is a Dental Assistant?

 A Dental Assistant promotes oral health by providing direct client care, charside assistance and dental education. They are capable of working interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings. Dental Assistants assume a variety of roles including clinical, education, health promotion, business administration and laboratory assistant, consistent with national and provincial standards and the Regulated Health Professions Act. .

What Do Dental Assistants do?

Some of their responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in client care procedures, which may include: root canal, operative, oral surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics etc.
  • Clinical support procedures which include: asepsis, maintain equipment, dental records, sterilization
  • Dental health education
  • Practice management procedures
  • Dental radiography

Level II duties

  • Mechanical polishing of teeth
  • Taking preliminary impressions
  • Topical application of fluoride
  • Placement and removal of rubber dam
  • Maintenance of client's oral hygiene
  • Dietary counselling
  • Placement of topical anaesthetic and desensitizing agents
  • Application of pit and fissure sealants
  • Polishing of amalgams
  • Whitening teeth using materials available to the general public

Education & Preparation

The Assistant must successfully complete the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) Exam in order to practice as a Level II Dental Assistant. They are also  eligible to become certified with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association ODAA and the Canadian Dental Assistants Association CDAA.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (U/C), or Open (O) stream WITH: 

  •  Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any Grade 11 U or U/C Mathematics or Grade 12 Mathematics (C), (U), or (U/C)
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 Academic Preparation

  •  Grade 12 Communication in the World of Business and Technology (O)
  •  It is highly recommended that students be proficient in word processing skills before entry into the program. Students should consider enrolling in a computer course to ensure that skills are attained prior to entry in the program.

 Personal Preparation

  • applicants should develop personal responsibility, emotional maturity and those characteristics which will enable them to co-operate with others in the delivery of health care and in meeting the public in a dental office.

Career Opportunities

Upon successfully completing the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) Exam is qualified to assume a position as a Level II dental assistant in a private practice setting. Other opportunities include working as an office administrator, treatment coordinators,  public health, sales, hospital dental departments and university dental clinics.








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