Dental Hygienist

MedCura Health
 Decatur, GA

Overview

The Dental Hygienist 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.

Qualifications

  • Graduate of an accredited Dental Hygienist program.
  • Currently licensed as a Dental Hygienist in the state of Georgia.
  • At least 2 years clinical experience.
  • Current CPR certification. (BCLS) by AHA
  • Proper use of Dental Technology, Dental Health Maintenance, Infection Control.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and customer service skills.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and protocols.
  • Prepare patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating, and draping patient.
  • Provide information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.
  • Maintain instruments for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening, sterilizing, and selection instruments.
  • Select materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating patient’s oral health.
  • Complete dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains from teeth and from gum margins.
  • Detect 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.
  • Arrest dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity-preventing agents.
  • Maintain 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.
  • Perform periodontal probing and charting, scaling and root paining, and full mouth debridements.
  • Help dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drugs and oxygen supply, and directory of emergency numbers.
  • Educate patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and post operative instructions; providing reminders of time of next dental hygienist visit.
  • Document dental hygiene services by recording vital signs and medical and dental histories; charting in EMR.
  • Maintain strict patient confidentiality by adhering to all HIPAA rules and regulations.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; completing professional CEUs; establishing personal networks.
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