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Jul 20, 2021
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Registered Dental Hygienist for Brocks Gap Dentistry EDUCATION LEVEL High school diploma or equivalent. WORK EXPERIENCE Graduate of accredited dental assisting program or dental assisting experience preferred. DESCRIPTION Clean teeth and gums, and examine oral areas for signs of oral disease. Educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, and/or apply fluoride or sealants. RESPONSIBILITIES -Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. -Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing services for people or dealing directly with the public. -Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. -Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. -Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Must have the ability to: -Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. -Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. -Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem. -Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. -See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). -Give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. -Effectively communicate and convey information to patients, dentists, and co-workers. -Use logic and reasoning to problem solve. -Use emotional intelligence to read and understand others. RESPONSIBILITIES -Administer local anesthetic agents. -Apply fluorides and other cavity-preventing agents to arrest dental decay. -Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by the dentists. -Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums using dental instruments. -Conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment the services of dentist. -Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease. -Expose and develop x-ray film. -Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease. -Feel lymph nodes under patient chins to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate the presence of oral cancer. -Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments. -Maintain patient recall system. -Make impressions for study casts. -Place and remove rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations. -Provide clinical services and health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients and the general public. -Record and review patient medical histories. -Remove excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth, sutures, and dressings. -Understand technical operating, service or repair manuals. -Use clinical sterilizing techniques, darkroom procedures in radiology or medical or dental lab setting, dental treatment procedures, emergency medical procedures, hazardous materials information, interpersonal communication techniques, quality assurance techniques, and approved healthcare sanitation practices. -Must have knowledge of dental and medical terminology. -Work with persons with mental disabilities or illnesses. TOOLS and TECHNOLOGY -Dental lasers, probes, scaler and accessories (autoscalars, cavitron equipment, dental curettes, hand scalers, hollow hand scalars). -Dental x-ray machines, digital dental x-ray units, panoramic dental x-ray units, portable dental x-ray units. -Teeth cleaning devices or accessories: air-driven dental polishers, air/water syringes, dental polishers, motor-driven dental polishers. -Intraoral cameras -Dental billing, scheduling, and dental charting software.