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Hygienist

Position Summary:
 

Promotes dental health by completing dental prophylaxis; providing oral cancer screening and radiographic studies; charting conditions of decay and disease; performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act.

Duties:

  • Work in partnership with the doctor to capture prosthodontic exam information to be used for implant treatment planning
  • Work in partnership with our Sales Consultants to ensure that world class patient care is delivered and revenue targets are achieved
  • Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and protocols
  • Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating, and draping patient
  • Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests
  • Maintains instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening, sterilizing, and selecting instruments
  • Selects materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating patient's oral health
  • 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
  • Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances; placing, carving, and finishing amalgam restorations; removing cement from crowns and bridges
  • Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cpr certification, emergency drugs and oxygen supply, and directory of emergency numbers
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and postoperative instructions; providing reminders of time of next dental hygiene visit
  • 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 confidential
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols
  • Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques
  • 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.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years experience as a hygienist
  • Experience selling dental hygiene products with a proven sales record
    • Dental implant experience desired
  • Commitment to providing world class patient experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook (e-mail and contact management plus Windent preferred)
  • Professional appearance
  • Use of Dental Technology, Dental Health Maintenance, Infection Control, Health Promotion and Maintenance
  • Creating a Safe, Effective Environment
  • Listening, Teamwork, Thoroughness, Self-Development

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