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Dental Assistant Resume Example

A dental assistant is a valuable member of any dental team, contributing technical, people, and administrative skills and providing patients with excellent oral care. This guide will help you polish your resume as well as you polish teeth—with our apologies for the pun!

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Lisa Cooper

555-555-5555 | | Denton, NC 27513


Certified dental assistant with more than seven years of experience providing exceptional, efficient service in dental clinics. Able to work independently in busy, high-volume offices, while displaying a personable presence that creates a positive patient experience.


Smile Dental ClinicArlington, NC

October 2016-Present

Certified Dental Assistant

  • Prepare at least 20 patients daily for dental examinations and procedures
  • Work chairside with dentists to assist with routine cleanings and specialized treatments

Dr. Patricia Orville, DDSMaple Heights, NC

July 2013-October 2016

Certified Dental Assistant

  • Administered and processed patient X-rays, fabricated crowns, poured impressions, and assisted with extraction, impactions, fillings, and local anesthesia
  • Maintained a clean and sterile environment to ensure patient safety and comfort
  • Managed supply inventory and achieved a six percent reduction in supply costs by finding new vendors

Wilson Dental AssociatesGarfield, FL

March 2011-June 2013

Registered Dental Assistant

  • Took and recorded patients’ dental histories and entered them into database with a 100 percent accuracy rate
  • Built a loyal patient following and was specifically requested to provide care by more than 30 percent of patients


Strickland Technical College

December 2011- December 2013

Associate Degree

Credentials & Certifications

  • Certified in CEREC
  • Certified in CPR


  • Teeth cleaning
  • Preliminary oral health exams
  • Henry Schein Dentrix software
  • Instrument sterilization
  • Calm and professional demeanor
  • Inventory management

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Talk about how many people you’ve helped.

A great way to illustrate how much value you can add to a company is by showing them how many people you’ve previously helped. In your resume, you can include how many patients you’ve served at each dental office. It’s an easy way to show that you have made a big impact—and you want to continue to do so.

Tell a story.

One of the most satisfying parts of being a dental assistant is helping people—whether you help them be more confident with pearly whites or help them feel better after addressing a painful toothache. Your resume is the perfect place to tell the story of how you helped a patient, and illustrate why you are passionate about this aspect of your job.

Leave out your basic computer skills.

You’re proficient at Microsoft Word and Google Search? We’ve got news for you: so is the rest of the pool of applicants you’re vying for the job against. Adding these skills to your resume is clear evidence that you’re trying to pad your resume because you don’t have enough skills to fill it in. Instead, be sure to add in the concrete skills your next employer will really value, such as administrative capabilities.

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