Dental Hygienist
Kenaitze Indian Tribe - Kenai, AK

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KENAITZE INDIAN TRIBE JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: Dental HygienistTYPE OF POSITION: On-callREPORTS TO:

Dental Clinic Director/Dentist
INDIAN PREFERENCE: Native preference under P.L. 93-638

KENAITZE INDIAN TRIBE'S PURPOSE, VALUES VISION

Mission

To assure Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina thrive forever.

Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina Values

These are the beliefs and principles that define our people and will assure our future as tribe:

Family: honoring and sustaining health and happiness of family as a first responsibility
Stewardship: respectful use of land, resources and all creations
Spiritual Beliefs: acknowledging the existence of a higher power and respecting spiritual beliefs
Education: passing down cultural knowledge and traditions and supporting formal education

Vision

By 2025, the Kahtnuht'ana Dena'ina have enhanced strengthened the prosperity, health, and culture of their people Tribe by:

Working towards united effort with Native organizations other governments that impact our people
Developing implementing a Tribal education system
Living our traditional values practices
Empower our sovereignty
Continuing to demonstrate resiliency
Striving for excellence in all of our programs
Elevating the wellness of our people
Using our talents resources to ensure we are able to take care of ourselves share with others

POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for conducting dental hygiene examinations and treatment on patients and assisting in improving the knowledge level of patients on preventative oral hygiene.

QUALIFICATIONS
(Consideration may be given for equivalent knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience)

Alaska Dental Hygienist licensure.
Two years or more Dental Hygienist experience preferred.
Previous experience working with or living among Alaska Natives preferred.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Performs routine dental hygiene examinations and clinical services
Record and maintaining periodontal charting
Record and maintain patient chart notes.
Assists Dentist with Treatment plans.

2. Reviews patient's medical and dental history for evidence of past and present conditions.
Examines the teeth and surrounding tissues for evidences of plaque and periodontal disease, oral cancer, and cavities.
Takes digital and panograph radiographs to identify tooth structures and abnormalities.
Polishes teeth and applies medicaments required.
Prepares tooth and applies pit and fissure sealants.
Prepares and discusses dental hygiene treatment plans for patients including daily oral care requirements, proper techniques of oral hygiene, and disease prevention.
Refers abnormalities to dentist for further discussion with patient.

3. Performs specialized dental hygiene procedures that could involve administration of local anesthetic.
Performs deep sub-gingival scaling and root planning.
Provides patient care instructions for post-operative care of patients.
Coordinates and works with other team members to assure for the efficient and effective flow of patients through clinic.

4. Communicates effectively with other health care providers and patients.
Provides verbal and written instructions in a clear and concise manner to ensure that instructions are understood.
Sets expectations for the visit with the patient by listening to their concerns and addressing those, which can be addressed within the time scheduled and informing patients of the course of action to follow for other heath care concerns.
Instructs other health care professionals in the proper techniques of oral hygiene to be applied to patients.

5. Maintain Schedule and ensure optimal flow of daily duties.
Confirm patients for their scheduled appointments.
Making sure the afternoon and following morning patients, who were only left a message are going to make their scheduled appointments.
Assisting other personnel by maintaining adequate sterilization.
Help to maintain adequate inventory.
Adhere to KIT policies and procedures.
Other duties as assigned.

This Job Description reflects Kenaitze Indian Tribe's best effort to describe the essential functions and qualifications of the job described. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation. This is not intended to be a contract.

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