Dental Assistant


Organization Overview and Function

Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc., (WHHC) dba Fourth Street Clinic, Salt Lake’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider for homeless Utahns is a Patient Centered Medical Home that operates with a staff of 50 and a volunteer network of more than 150. Annually, the clinic serves over 5,000 homeless men, women and children with more than 25,000 primary care, mental health, substance abuse, dental, specialty care and case management visits. Fourth Street Pharmacy dispenses 60,000 medications. By increasing homeless Utahns’ access to primary care, Fourth Street Clinic is a major partner in ending homelessness, promoting community health, and achieving across-the-board health care savings.

Fourth Street Clinic is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse interested in providing triage and primary care services in an outpatient clinic setting.  The applicant must be licensed in the State of Utah.


Duties & Responsibilities 
The Dental Chair-Side Assistant responsibilities are to provide direct patient care, to assist the health care provider in providing quality health care, and work to improve health outcomes. The assistant must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and conduct patient education. This position is also responsible for specific duties as assigned by the Dentist.

The dental assistant is also responsible for patient check-in/out of the operatory, set up and break down of operatory, verifying operatories are stocked with supplies and thoroughly cleaned/disinfected following each patient encounter. The dental assistant may also be responsible for answering the phones, scheduling appointments, and managing front desk activities as deemed necessary by supervising staff (dentist/dental director).

Specific Duties
Dental Assistant Job Responsibilities: supports dental care delivery by preparing treatment room, patient, instruments, and materials; passes instruments and materials; performs procedures in compliance with the standards and general dental practice acts.

Dental Assistant Job Duties

  • The following information is intended to be representative of the essential functions performed by incumbents in this position and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific task or function will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of position responsibilities
     Prepares treatment room for patient care by following prescribed infection control procedures and protocols.
  • Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patients.
  •  Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests
  • Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area; positioning instruments for dentist’s access; suctioning; passing instruments.
  •  Provide materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth.
  • Provides diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts if needed.
  •  Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances as needed.
  • Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR/BLS certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.
  • Educates patients by giving oral hygiene instructions, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.
  •  Documents dental care services by charting in patient records.
  • Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Maintains a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  •  Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  •  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.
  • Using the electronic health record to put in diagnoses and treatments, orders, etc…
  • Capable of working quickly and efficiently under pressure.
  • Sensitive to the needs of homeless people, but capable of being innovative and assertive with a diverse population in a variety of situations.
  •  Good organization skills with emphasis on accuracy, prioritization, and reliability.
  •  General office skills: phone etiquette, basic computer skills, and filing.
  •  Provides input in the development of clinical procedures/setting clinic goals.
  • Responsible for specific duties assigned to them by supervising personnel.
  •  Expected to be prepared to start shift at a scheduled time.
  • Keep customer service and the mission of the organization in mind when interacting with all clients, co-workers, and others.
  • Ability to relate to the public regardless of ethnicity, religion, and economic status.
  •  Review daily schedule to set up appropriate trays and instruments.
  •  Provide direct patient care in the form of rubber cup polishing and patient education.


  • Must be a high school graduate or GED equivalent
  •  Knowledge of dental terminology—numbering of teeth and name of tooth surfaces
  • CPR/BLS certification
  • Radiology Certification. Will provide upon hire if needed

Essential Technical/Motor skills

  • ability to verbally communicate. Strong organization skills. Inputting data/typing, copying, speaking clearly, answering phones, precise eye/hand/foot coordination, fingering/fine dexterity, handling/gripping.

 Essential Physical Requirements

  •  Must be able to lift 50 pounds on occasion, pushing, balancing, stooping, flexing/positioning/twisting, holding, reaching, repetitive activity, ability to spend most of the day either walking or standing.
  •  Essential Mental Abilities: memory, basic calculations, communication, assessing/evaluating, problem-solving/reasoning
  • Must be able to tolerate potentially visually disturbing images such as but not limited to blood, infection, and trauma to tissues, teeth, and bone.
  • Proficient in Spanish is highly preferred, but not required.
  •  Must be able to follow all HIPAA and OSHA guidelines.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours. Must have good listening skills and teamwork, good chairside manner, health promotion and maintenance minded, and ability to perform diagnostic radiographic procedures.

Specific details

Organization Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc.
Location(s) Salt Lake City, UT
Status Full Time
Salary Range DOE- competitive
Closing Date 01-27-22
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