Dental Hygienist

Description

Bear Lake Community Health Center is looking for a Dental Hygienist to work in our Garden City location. The role of a Dental Hygienist is to perform skilled technical dental hygiene procedures, as outlined by state licensure, under the direction of the dentist.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Greet patients, establish rapport and a supportive climate; review medical history, and make changes as necessary.

  • Clean, sterilize, maintain, and store various dental instruments and set up necessary trays for procedural use.

  • Identify any pain or other dental problems the patient is having; do diagnostic x-rays as needed to magnify the problem area.

  • Do regular cleaning and new patient assessment; take bitewing x-rays and assess bone loss furcation involvement.

  • Accurately assess the periodontium with both (+) and (-) pocketing to determine Clinical Attachment Loss (CAL) and recognize the implications of both. Provide direct patient care: provide prophylaxis, fluoride treatment, sealants, patient education, period examinations, recommend and treat Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) when indicated, application of desensitizing medication, oral cancer examination, provide local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide, and other procedures as directed by the dentist.

  • Accurately assess and help in the diagnosis of periodontal issues.

  • Educate the patient about periodontal concerns in a way that patient understands and complies with.

  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records on the treatment needed, treatment completed, and any other significant data collected.

  • Maintain inventory of supplies and items needed for hygiene.

  • Provide treatment and education to patients in dental hygiene and in pre-and post-operative care; especially in relating the importance of regular recall appointments, restorative care completion, and the patient’s role in their oral and overall health.

  • Maintain current licensure and certification in Dental Hygiene, Local Anesthesia, CPR, and any other training required by BLCHC.

  • Understand aseptic technique: wear gloves, and when appropriate, masks and/or nervous, especially children. 

  • Clean operational equipment on a regular basis.

  • Be consistently understanding and calming to patients who are anxious and/or nervous, especially children. Have the ability to change education presentations to make sure understanding and care are felt by the patient.

  • Assist with the billing process in pre-qualifying patients for care as well as discovering and documenting what each insurance plan will pay for. 

  • Establish the patient bill and forward this information to the billing group.

  • Assist with the flow of the office as needed without direction.

  • Comply with ‘Universal Precautions’ for infection control.

  • Communicate patient needs/requests with providers and administrative assistants.

  • Update patient information and charts as necessary, including input of data, radiographs, and the scanning of documents.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current licensure as a Dental Hygienist with Local Anesthesia certification.

  • Graduation from an accredited Dental Hygiene School and completion of Dental Hygiene Boards are needed for an active license.

  • Current CPR certification.

  • Two years of experience in a dental clinic.

  • The ability to carry out functions as described by the Department of Occupational Licensing and BLCHC.

  • The ability to operate a computer system and basic computer skills.

  • The ability to become proficient in the use of computerized imaging and electronic dental record programs.

  • The ability to communicate effectively with patients and staff.

  • Possess and apply the skills necessary to effectively treat patients of all age groups, regardless of the special needs of the patient.

  • Perform duties in a manner that is both professional and compassionate.

Specific details

Organization Bear Lake Community Health Center, Inc.
Location(s) Garden City
Status Full Time
Salary Range ---
Closing Date 11-30-22
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