Dental Assistant


Date Posted:
Fort Collins
1635 Blue Spruce Drive
Fort Collins
United States of America



General Description of Duties: 

Performs those duties which assist the Dental Director, Dentists, and Dental Hygienists in the care and treatment of patients.  Performs duties in the field of reception, chairside assisting, inventory and records.  The Dental Assistant approaches his/her task in a team based care fashion that supports patients and their families in self-management, self-efficacy and behavior change.  Adheres to the spirit of the SALUD mission statement while performing assigned duties.

Supervision Received:

Works primarily under the supervision of the Center Dental Director; but also works under the supervision of the Executive VP of Dental Services and all clinic dentists and dental hygienists.

Supervision Exercised:


Specific Duties:

The Dental Assistant acts as a patient advocate for our vulnerable population by ensuring that the patient is fully informed and comfortable with their visit to SALUD.

Works in conjunction with other Medical Providers, Dental Providers, Behavioral Health Providers and all other staff to ensure that the patient obtains the highest standard of integrated health care.

Assist the dentists and hygienists in chair-side procedures routinely done in a general dental practice.

Responsible for preparation and setting up of instruments, materials, and equipment necessary for each procedure.

Responsible for the sterilization of instruments, and the cleaning and routine maintenance of equipment and work areas.

Schedules patients, does routine reception work, accurately records information on patient records.

Follows procedures for the electronic health records system.

Helps to identify related medical and/or social problems.

Orders supplies and materials; maintains inventory of supplies and materials as well as maintaining thorough and accurate documentation of inventory.

Follow recommendations for preventing and controlling infectious diseases and managing personal health and safety concerns related to infection prevention and control in the dental health care setting.

Provide dental health services appropriate to the age-specific needs of all patients in accordance with the principles of growth and development for infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric life cycles. 

Performs other duties as assigned. 



Minimum Requirements


Qualifications for Appointment:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

An ability and willingness to learn.   A desire to expand abilities.  Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to motivate patients.  Must work well with the other patient care team members. Ability to operate, maintain, and document in the electronic record. Ability to reliably take diagnostic digital x-rays in a timely fashion.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with patients and staff.  Sensitivity to low income and ethnic minority community a must.  Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. 


Graduation from high school or equivalent is required.


Previous dental assistant experience desired, but not required.

Bloodborne  Pathogen Risk Level:

High exposure to blood borne pathogens.

Environmental Conditions:

Normal Medical and Dental office environment

Physical Requirements:

Requires sitting for long periods of time and crouching in a forward position.  Requires manual dexterity.  Requires depth perception, normal visual acuity and hand-eye coordination.  Requires standing, walking, reaching and stretching to operate department equipment.   Requires pulling, pushing and fingering with hands, wrists, arms and upper body.  Requires the ability to work under stressful conditions and in a confined area with accuracy.  Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record data electronically and to communicate with patients.


Must be CPR certified and also radiology certified, within the timeframe set by Dental Department standards.

No licensure or certification is needed to be hired, although Dental Assistants must become credentialed through the Salud career ladders program