Nov 09, 2023
Description: JOB SUMMARY Full or Part Time The Registered Dental Hygienist provides ongoing preventive oral care through cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth to prevent gum disease. QUALIFICATIONS Essential Duties Provides customer service support to patients by escorting them to and from the operatory. Updates patient health history changes. Takes all x-rays, including full mouth, panoramic, bitewings, and intraoral periapicals. Records evaluation of periodontal conditions, occlusal relations and extent of prophylaxis on dental chart to ensure a complete diagnosis and proper treatment plan by the dentist. Completes clinical notes on each patient. Takes impressions for diagnostic and opposing models. Applies non-aerosol and non-caustic topical agents and pit and fissure sealants. Performs oral cancer exam on all patients. Scales, polishes and applies fluoride to patients’ teeth. Inspects patient’s oral cavity and chart lesions, existing restorations and missing teeth. Evaluates gingival health and health of all oral tissue. Executes root planning and Myofunctional evaluations. Educates patients on the importance of preventive care, the disease process and the role of bacteria; provides appropriate educational literature and instruction on home care and proper nutrition. Polishes restorations and appliances (partials, dentures, etc.). Assists doctor during clinical exam and records findings and recommendations. Records treatment information on the patient’s chart, including treatment rendered, the type of treatment planned and the amount of chair time, doctor time and assistant time needed for next appointment. Schedules patient’s next hygiene appointment. Maintains patient confidentiality and takes every precaution to secure electronic Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA. Prepares operatory including, but not limited to, set-up, decontamination, sterilizing and sharpening all instrument, cleaning hand pieces and room, restocking supplies and emptying trash receptacles. Reviews continuing care and works to fill the patient schedule when there are openings. Maintains cleanliness of operatories and sterilization, including cleaning of traps. Helps in sterilization area, cleaning instruments and placing in ultrasonic, removing from ultrasonic and placing in dryer. After dryer, bag and seal instruments and place in autoclave. Make operatory trays and unload autoclave. Place new trays in operatory. Other related duties as assigned. Requirements: Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Ability to maintain composure and professionalism when exposed to stressful situations. Skilled in the use of Cavitron and Prophy Jet. Ability to perform scaling and root planning and take radiographs. Knowledge of OSHA regulations and changes. Knowledge of cross contamination and how to prevent it. Knowledge of English composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Skilled in the use of basic office equipment such as: telephones, calculators, copier, fax, computers and computer software (MS Excel, Word, Practice Management software). Ability to engender trust from the doctors, co-workers, and patients, Ability to work cooperatively with management, staff, and patients. Ability to prioritize, organize and complete tasks in a timely and independent manner. Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions and accept criticism. Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and maintain confidentiality. Ability to communicate and express thoughts and ideas competently. Ability to quickly grasp relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities. Maintain continuing education courses. Education/ Experience High school diploma or equivalent Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene Experience preferred Special Requirements/ Certifications/ Licenses Valid x-ray certificate CPR and First Aid certificate Registered Dental Hygienist License Licenses required for this position must be kept current, valid, and in good standing with the presiding entity. Physical/ Environmental Requirements Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds. Must be able to hear staff on the phone and those who are served in-person, and speak clearly in order to communicate information to patients and staff. Must be able to read memos, computer screens, personnel forms and clinical and administrative documents. Must have high manual dexterity. Must be able to reach above the shoulder level to work, must be able to bend, squat and sit, stand, stoop, crouch, reach, kneel, twist/turn. If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach the employer directly to request this as Indeed is not responsible for the employerand#39;s application process.
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