•Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and
•Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating,
and draping patient.
•Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and
•Maintains instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening,
sterilizing, and selecting instruments.
•Selects materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating patient's
•Completes dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains from teeth and from
beneath gum margins.
•Detects disease by completing oral cancer screening; feeling and visually
examining gums; using probes to locate periodontal disease and to assess levels
of recession; exposing and developing radiographic studies.
•Arrests dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity- preventing agents.
•Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cpr
certification, emergency drugs and oxygen supply, and directory of emergency
•Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and
postoperative instructions; providing reminders of time of next dental hygiene
•Documents dental hygiene services by recording vital signs and medical and
dental histories; charting in patient records.
•Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information
•Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures,
rules, and regulations.
•Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and
•Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory
level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies;
verifying receipt of supplies.
•Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to
accomplish job results.
•Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational
workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks;
participating in professional societies.
•Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.