1: Team Player:  Dentistry is a team environment and sometimes offices can get caught up in the cattiness, the back-stabbing, or too focused on production rather than taking care of the patients needs.  A highly successful Dental Assistant looks for solutions and agreements.  In order to do this, you need to be true to your feelings and remember that the office and yourself should work together to give the patient the best visit possible. 

2: Communication:  A successful Dental Assistant’s ability to communicate effectively is paramount while working in an office setting.  You need to be able to communicate well with doctors, patients, and co-workers.  It can be challenging at times, but you have to remember you are in a profession of service and its important to put your needs on hold sometimes.  When you really engage with patients, doctors, and other co-workers your ability to thrive in this profession will be risen to new heights. 

3:  Balance: Successful Dental Assistant’s need to have the ability to say no.  Balance in life is extremely important. Not only for work, but for your overall health.  There are a lot of things you can spend your time on, but how you spend your time should be based on  your values, your personal mission, and your priorities.  When you make decisions on these factors, you become free of guilt and there is no conflict. Don’t over do it!