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Registered Dental Hygienist


Summary:
Performs dental measures designed to preserve teeth and prevent the spread of oral disease by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Cleans calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums.
Performs comprehensive exam of gums to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease. In addition, feels lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer. Feels and visually examines gums for sores and signs of disease.
Applies fluorides and other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
Charts conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
Enter treatment plan into each chart.
Administers local anesthetic agents.
Perform prophylaxis.
Render soft tissue management as outlined by the American Academy of Periodontology (scaling, root planning, incidental curettage, sub gingival irrigation and developing personalized homecare program for periodontal patients.)
Provides health education to improve and maintain oral health.
Maintain a clean and uncluttered environment in the work area.
Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of dentistry.
Promote treatment plans and encourage patients to begin treatment.
Monitor key indicators each day to evaluate attainment of goals. Meet or exceed company scorecard targets for Dental Hygienists.
Maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
Competency:
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies
:Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions ; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/
Experience:
Degree from accredited program that allows to sit for licensing exam as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Plus a minimum of one year of experience in a busy dental practice. Must adhere to annual Continuing Education requirements as defined by the state board of examiners.
Language Ability:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Math Ability:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning Ability:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Dental software.
Certificates and Licenses:
Active Registered Dental Hygienist License in work state.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include Ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

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