The Dental Hygienist works closely with the Dentist to meet the oral health needs of patients and lead the CMC Community Oral Health Screening project. The Dental Hygienist reports to the Dental Director.
· Licensed as a Dental Hygienist in the State of California
· Alternative Practice Certificate is preferred
· Knowledge and skills in delivering dental care to patients
· Valid California driver's license, proof of auto insurance, and personal transportation
· Provide leadership in the development and implementation of CMC’s oral health
screening and sealant project.
· Complete grant reporting requirements as needed to implement project
· Transport and set up mobile equipment in a school setting
· Travel to schools and other selected oral health screening sites
· Conduct assessment of oral health conditions
· Identify and write up dental referrals
· Review of the health history
· Conduct assessments for oral cancer screening
· Enter dental procedure information into Electronic Health Records system
· Remove calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
· Apply preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
· Instruct patients of appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
· Counsel patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral hygiene
· Making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
· As needed take blood pressure and pulse
· As needed take dental x-rays
· Perform other tasks as needed
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of current dental hygienist practices and procedures
- Knowledge of organization policies, procedures, stems, and objectives
- Skill in exercising initiative, judgment, problem-solving, decision-making
- Skill in developing and maintaining effective relationships with medical, dental, administrative staff, patients and public
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate dental equipment, and other office equipment. Vision must be correctable to 20/40 and hearing must be in the normal range for telephone contacts. Requires working under stress in emergency situations or during irregular hours.
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a dental clinic environment.