List of Dentist Skills

Dentist Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Here's a list of dentist skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Dentist Skills

A - C

  • Accuracy
  • Active Listening
  • Administering Anesthesia
  • Advising Patients Regarding Dental Problems
  • Advocating for Patients with Insurance Companies 
  • Applying Sealants
  • Assessing Patient Needs and Risks
  • Attentive to Detail
  • Continual Learning
  • Controlling Expenses
  • Creating Molds of Teeth for Crowns
  • Critical Thinking
  • Customer Service

D - F

  • Decision Making
  • Determining Treatment Plans
  • Documenting Dental Problems and Procedures
  • Drafting Fabrication Instructions for Denturists or Dental Technicians
  • Drilling Decayed Portions of Teeth
  • Educating Patients About Preventative Care
  • Establishing Safety Practices by Using Masks, Gloves and Glasses
  • Evaluating New Dental Equipment and Devices
  • Evaluating New Treatment Technologies
  • Evaluating Staff
  • Explaining Dental Procedures
  • Extracting Wisdom Teeth
  • Filling Cavities
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Fitting Crowns and Caps

G - P

  • Interpersonal
  • Interpreting Dental X-Rays
  • Interviewing Staff
  • Leadership
  • Maintaining Sterile Field and Equipment
  • Managing Finances
  • Marketing Dental Practice
  • Motivating Patience
  • Multitasking
  • Negotiating with Suppliers
  • Performing Patient Examinations
  • Performing Root Canals 
  • Persuading Patients to Accept Optional Procedures
  • Positive Attitude
  • Prescribing Medications to Cure Infections
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem Solving

R - Z

  • Recruiting Staff
  • Referring Patients to Specialists
  • Relieving Patient Anxiety
  • Removing Teeth Beyond Repair
  • Screening for Oral Cancer
  • Securing Implants
  • Selecting Sources for Dental Supplies
  • Supervising Staff
  • Team Building
  • Time Management
  • Training Staff
  • Treating Gum Disease
  • Using Air Turbine, Hand Instruments, Dental Appliances and Surgical Implements
  • Utilizing Detection Equipment and Dyes to Identify Caries
  • Verbal
  • Whitening Teeth

Read More: How Much Does a Dentist Earn?

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