One’s position as a dental assistant entails various clinical and communication skills but also, just as important, is to be reliable, trustworthy and consistent. Dentists rely on their assistants to be punctual, therefore accommodating the patients time scheduled for treatment. It is imperative that the assistant is in the dental office 15-20 minutes prior to the first scheduled patient. The assistant must “open” the office and prepare the operatory for treatment along with turning on computer terminals, compressors and x-ray processors. Typically, the assistant will set up an operatory for the first patient the day/evening prior, so the dentist can walk right into the operatory and start treatment. The doctor must have confidence in you that you are capable of this. If your employer can’t count on you to take your job seriously and perform in a professional manner, than you are considered a liability rather than an asset. Also gaining trust in you as a dental assistant is key. By that I mean trusting you to do the right thing for the office as a whole and the patients. Trust is earned not given, remember that. And if you ALWAYS do the right thing, you’ll never go wrong. Last but certainly not least is character. With these principles in place, it builds character. It states who you are and how others perceive you. As the saying goes…you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Remember, your “character” is all you have that is truly yours so make every day count!