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Dental Hygienist-Clinic

Dental – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Department Dental
Employment Type Part-time
Minimum Experience Experienced

The Dental Hygienist works together with dentists to meet all oral health needs for the patients of NSO.  The primary duties of the Dental Hygienist include cleaning and polishing teeth, instructing patients in good oral hygiene habits and after care for dental treatments rendered, and providing other preventative dental care. 

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse.
  • Knowledge of Eaglesoft software preferred
  • Removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth, under the supervision of a dentist.
  • Taking digital radiographs using snap-a-ray positioners (x-rays)
  • Applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • Counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • Making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
  • Provides chair-side assistance to dentist in the performance of special procedures, tests, and complex treatments.
  • Documents dental history and chief complaint if any, and reports pertinent observations and patient reactions to dentist and dental team as appropriate; documents lab procedures and ensures follow up on results.
  • Perform documentation and office management activities as needed, such as preparation of reports and assist with patient reception and other office duties.
  • Assist with or institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse developments during treatment of patients
  • Assists in preparation of patient care areas, and in the patient admission, transfer and discharge process as required.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Associates or Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene
  • Current license as a dental hygienist in the state of Oklahoma
  • Must possess a valid Healthcare provider CPR certification.
  • 1-3 years experience preferred
  • Clearance of background check and drug screen. 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Requires clear, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Requires patience when assisting population served.
  • Requires the ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Includes exposure to contaminants, radiation, and disease or infections. 

Hours

  • Tuesday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Occasional Saturday Shifts
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  • Location
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Department
    Dental
  • Employment Type
    Part-time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
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