•Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and p
•Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating, a
and draping patient.
•Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and r
•Maintains instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening, s
sterilizing, and selecting instruments.
•Selects materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating p
patient's oral health.
•Completes dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains from teeth and f
from beneath gum margins.
•Detects disease by completing oral cancer screening; feeling and visually e
examining gums; using probes to locate periodontal disease and to assess levels o
of recession; exposing and developing radiographic studies.
•Arrests dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity- preventing agents.
•Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary r
restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances; placing, carving, a
and finishing amalgam restorations; removing cement from crowns and bridges.
•Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cpr c
certification, emergency drugs and oxygen supply, and directory of emergency n
•Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and p
postoperative instructions; providing reminders of time of next dental hygiene v
•Documents dental hygiene services by recording vital signs and medical and
dental histories; charting in patient records.
•Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory l
level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for s
supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
•Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to a
accomplish job results.
•Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational w
workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; p
participating in professional societies.
•Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.