Jan 06, 2022
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? Oral prophylaxis, preliminary periodontal examinations involving diagnostic tests and x-rays, oral health education, preparation of treatment plans for plaque control, identification of problematic areas for the Doctor to further evaluate and diagnose, application of topical fluoride to the teeth. ? Perform direct patient care on a day-to-day basis that can involve significant patience and discretion in order to obtain the proper cooperation from each patient. ? Adapt to each individual and provide excellent chairside manner. ? Patient preparation: review the chart and patient’s medical history prior to prophylaxis, identify insurance benefits, interact with the parent or guardian, discuss all procedures with the parent or guardian and assist patient to and from the clinical area. ? Patient examination: take periapical, bitewing, and panoramic x-rays as needed, determine preliminary selection for patients in need of periodontal screenings, examine mouth, throat, and pharynx, detect and report oral conditions, consider and report plaque buildup, observe and report indicators of physical or mental distress. ? Patient treatment: Aid the Doctor in recommending the need and frequency of future appointments, review patient’s medical and dental history with the Doctor, respond to patient or parent questions regarding oral care. ? Preventative services: identify and remove plaque, using hand devices and ultrasonic devices to remove supra gingival and sub-gingival calculus, use floss to clean interproximal areas of the teeth, polish coronal surfaces of the teeth, apply fluoride to the teeth, and perform the same oral prophylaxis procedures for children with special needs. ? Dental Health Education: may be provided to either the patient or the parent depending on the patients age and maturity level, educate patients on the proper way to brush and floss, instruct patients on proper care of appliances or braces, educate patients on periodontal care. ? Appliance maintenance: identify the need for adjustment or removal, may include actual removal or adjustment, recognize the need to seat an appliance and place an appliance while the patient is in the hygiene chair. ? Medical and Dental recordkeeping: review and document a patient’s or parents primary concern, past dental and medical history, family history of illness, current medications and allergies, ensure proper structure of chart and associated documents; document oral health and findings of periodontal examination, oral progress and therapy as well as visit and behavior notes, and appointment times for return visits.
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