Salary

$37 - $40 Per Hour

Job Type

full-time

posted

13 days ago

Location

Atlanta, GA

Description

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.

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.

* 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:
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