People's Health Centers | St. Louis, MO | Full Time
Dental Hygienist Job Purpose: 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.
Dental Hygienist Job Duties:
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.
Actively engage in re-credentialing process and utilize feedback provided by Dental Director in practice area.
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
Skills/Qualifications: Use of Dental Technology, Dental Health Maintenance, Infection Control, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Bedside Manner, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Listening, Teamwork, Administering Medication, Thoroughness, Self-Development