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Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist | Oklahoma City, OK | Contract

Job Description
Dental Hygienist
Work Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Job Summary/Description
The Dental Hygienist will work under the supervision of a licensed dentist. The Dental Hygienist will perform basic dental care tasks, mostly focused on keeping patients' teeth and gums clean. The Dental Hygienists will conduct patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse; taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays); removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth; applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides); teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling); counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health; making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs); performing documentation and office management activities

Job Duties/Responsibilities/Functions (including but not limited to)
• Examine patient's oral cavity to include mouth, throat, and pharynx, and record conditions of teeth and surrounding tissues. Refer patients to dentist who have abnormalities to include cavities, defective fillings, suspicious growths, or periodontal disease.
• Provide preventive treatment and education to promote the values of oral and general health and wellness to support population health strategies. Common activities include dental prophylaxis, hygiene and tissue indices, tobacco cessation counseling, professional topical fluoride treatment, oral health counseling, and application of pit and fissure sealants. Compiles statistical data and written reports on the participation in the preventive dentistry program.
• Provide specialized treatment designed to achieve and maintain oral health o Specialized treatment includes scaling and root planning of tooth surfaces, application of local chemotherapeutic agents, control of pain and anxiety, continuous evaluation of the patient's response to therapy, provision of long-
• term supportive dental care, and management of medical emergencies.
• Insert and remove temporary fillings - insert and remove temporary crowns and bridges; irrigate and pack dry sockets.
• Administer smoothing and polishing restorations, cleaning and polishing removable appliances.
• Assist in surgically related procedures such as removing sutures, placing periodontal packs, controlling bleeding by direct pressure, performing gingival curettage and giving instructions to patients after deep curettage, removing medications from dry sockets, and retracting oral tissues in surgical procedures.
• Assist periodontist with periodontist patients.
• Maintain Medical Records
• Indirect supervision requires the dentist to be in the clinic or treatment facility and to be physically available to provide consultation and oversight. General supervision does not require the dentist to remain in the clinic or treatment facility, but the dentist shall be available for consultation by phone while the hygienist is performing direct patient care activities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
• Associates Degree or bachelor’s degree depending on the program. Successful completion of a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA). The dental hygienist shall be a graduate of a dental hygiene school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the ADA.
• As a minimum, the dental hygienist shall have a minimum of 1 year of experience following graduation from dental hygiene school. Shall have been performing clinical dental hygiene services during 12 of the last 36 months.
• The HCW shall maintain compliance with all requirements for: continuing education; annual and specific training; and, other mandates for licensing, certification, and/or registration at the appropriate intervals to remain qualified during the contract.
• Must be knowledgeable in oral prophylaxis, preliminary periodontal examinations involving diagnostic tests and x-rays, oral health education, preparation of treatment plans for plaque control, and application of topical fluorides and desensitizing agents to the teeth. Additionally, the position requires planning, conducting, and evaluating preventive dental health programs.
• Shall possess basic computer skills and as follows:
• Proficient in Microsoft Office software. Able to use various programs, such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Project to generate a range of products (i.e., tables of contents, import graphs or databases, create glossaries, align multiple columns, print document, identify files or make other notations at the top or bottom of each page, and create form letters and automatically merging these with mailing lists). The contract personnel will also be required to operate the ALTHA, CHCS and any additional computer system as needed for the performance of their duties, with no additional training within 3 months of being trained.
• Shall maintain current certification in one of the following: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers or American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Course. Certification cards must display the American Heart Association or Military Training Network emblem. Web-based classes do not meet required standards. Certified in radiography as required by 42 CFR Part 75.
• Current, full, active, and unrestricted license as a Dental Hygienist. The dental hygienist shall possess a valid license to practice dental hygiene from a United States (US) jurisdiction, state, or territory.
• Shall comply with all health requirements required prior to physical performance of services

About InGenesis
InGenesis is dedicated to placing people in positions that preserve life, improve lives and inspire others. This does not happen without passionate people, skilled colleagues who are motivated to create innovative solutions and deliver superior service to our clients. Founded in 1998, InGenesis manages thousands of employees, including pioneering healthcare, science, technology and pharma professionals. The workforce solutions company includes almost half of the Fortune 500 in its nearly 300 clients. It is recognized as one of the largest healthcare staffing firms, and InGenesis is the largest minority/women owned healthcare staffing firm in North America.

EEOC Statement
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