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Dental Hygienist Job in Atlanta, GA 30309
(Job ID: 382817)

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Location

Atlanta, GA 30309

Details

DATE POSTED/UPDATED

Aug 04, 2022

JOB TYPE

Permanent

DAYS OF WEEK

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat

JOB ID / STATUS

#382817 ACTIVE

Description

Purpose: The Dental Hygienists primary responsibility is providing excellent dental hygiene dental treatment and patient education in accordance with guidelines approved, issued and regulated by the state as well as by the Company. Job Responsibilities: General duties include: 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 Dentist to further evaluate and diagnose, application of topical fluorides to the teeth. The Hygienist shall practice under the general direction of a dentist and provide clinical and educational services that meet all the needs of all patients. Each hygienist will use his/her own judgment to examine patients to determine the suitability of each prophylaxis and the ensuing precautionary measures when necessary. The result of each hygienists work is to be evaluated by the Dentist at the time of the patients oral exam. Hygienists are required to perform direct patient care on a day-to-day basis that can often involve significant patience and discretion in order to obtain the proper cooperation from each patient, as working in pediatrics can be somewhat challenging. Many children are in need of tender, loving, care and may involve some form of tell, show, do prior to any treatment or prophylaxis. Hygienists must use creativity and imagination to encourage scared or timid patients. Adapting to each individual and providing excellent chair side manner is a must. • Patient preparation: read the chart and patient medical history prior to prophylaxis, identifying insurance benefits, meeting parent or guardian, going over all procedures with the parent/guardian and assisting patient in/out of the clinical area. • Patient examination: taking periapical, bitewing, and panoramic x-rays as needed, determining preliminary selection for patients in need of periodontal screenings, examine mouth, throat, and pharynx, detecting and reporting oral conditions, considering and reporting plaque buildup, observing and reporting indicators of physical or mental distress, and comforting and encouraging hesitant or frightened patients • Patient treatment: predicting need and frequency of future hygiene appointments, aide the doctor in identifying areas of concern and future appointments, reviewing patient medical and dental history with the doctor, making a plan and explanation to be shared with the parent/guardian for proper diet as well as plaque control, responding to patient or parent questions regarding oral care. • Preventative services: identifying and removing plaque, using hand devices and ultrasonic devices to remove supra gingival and sub-gingival calculus, using floss to clean inter-proximal areas of the teeth, polishing coronal surfaces of the teeth, applying fluoride to the teeth, and performing the same oral prophylaxis procedures for children with special needs. • Evaluation of existing sealants and application of sealants as directed by dentist • Dental Health Education: may be provided to either the patient or the parent depending on the patients age and maturity level , educating patients on the proper way to brush and floss, instructing patients on proper care of appliances or braces, educating patients on periodontal care, providing dental related information on diet and nutrition, describe nature of cavities and periodontal disease to patient, and monitoring past oral hygiene as a tool to motivate patients. • Appliance maintenance: identifying the need for adjustment or removal , may include actual removal or adjustment, recognizing the need to seat an appliance and placing appliance while the patient is in the hygiene chair. • Medical and Dental recordkeeping: primarily listening to and recording a patient or parents primary concern, receiving and recording (when necessary) past dental and medical history, recording family history of illness, recording current medications and allergies, ensuring proper structure of chart and associated documents, documenting oral health and findings of periodontal examination, charting oral progress and therapy as well as visit and behavior notes, and recording proper scheduling code for return visits. • Miscellaneous duties: breaking down and setting up chairs, monitoring and controlling general flow of the hygiene department to create an efficient clinical area, treatment planning with the doctor after the prophylaxis, walking out patient, discussion of findings and recommendation for treatment with parent or guardian, discussion of behavior with parent or guardian if needed, sharpening and sterilizing equipment, monitoring and maintaining the proper condition of instruments, cleaning clinical room/chair and equipment after each cleaning and at the end of the day, ensuring the proper ordering and storage of dental equipment and supplies needed to properly operate the hygiene department on a day to day basis. The hygienists duties may be shared by a team of dental hygiene assistants. In the case that each assistant is busy, unavailable, or out of the office for any reason, each hygienist is required to perform all of their own duties correctly and with a larger sense of teamwork for the practice and the individual office. Some of the smaller offices may function without specified hygiene assistants and any hygienist working in these offices will be expected to perform all of their own duties and functions without any assistance. Additional Duties: Maintain patient confidentiality through HIPAA compliance. Understand how to work effectively within the organization - partnering with the Office Manager, Doctor, other team members and support staff to maintain consistency and integrity within the organization. Attend Continuing Education classes to maintain current license. Lead by example, teaching ethics, enthusiasm, and respect and treats others like you want to be treated. Education and Experience: Registered Dental Hygiene License- maintain current/active license. Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills- must be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships. Communication- must be able to communicate effectively in writing as well as verbally to patients and all levels of staff and management. Hygienist must be able to project a capable and professional image - one that is reflective of Company values. Must possess excellent organizational skills, be able to multi-task and perform job duties in a timely manner. . Must have x-ray and CPR certifications as well as be certified to monitor local anesthesia. Have the ability to place sealants and perform polishing. Must have PC skills and able to learn and successfully use practice management software and new programs as required.

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