Dental Hygienist
Kenaitze Indian Tribe - Kenai, AK

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Job Description

Job Title:
Dental Hygienist

Revision Date:
1/30/2014

Dept./Program:
DWC Dental

Employment Status:
Full Time

Division:
Health Systems

FLSA Status:
Non-Exempt

Reports To:
Dental Director/Dentist

Schedule:
40 hours/week

Supervises:
N/A

Posting Period:
Job Summary
Responsible for conducting dental hygiene examinations and treatment on patients and assisting in improving the knowledge level of patients on preventative oral hygiene.
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.
Takes digital and pantograph 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 health 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 the Tribe's policies and procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions
Lifting Requirements
Light work – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.
Physical Requirements
Stand or Sit (Stationary position)
Walk (Move, Traverse)
Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)
Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)
Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)
See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)
Pushing or Pulling
Repetitive Motion
Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions
Wet
Noise
Vibration
Mists of Gases
Mechanical Hazards
Chemical Hazards
Explosive Hazards
Burn Hazards
OSHA Categories
Category I – Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue
Equipment and Tools
List Equipment used for job: Computer, fax, copier, scanner, and other office equipment

List Tools:Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle:Other:
Travel
Local
In-State
Out-of-State
Comments: Travel may be required for training.
Qualifications
Education
Two year Dental Hygienist degree.
Experience
Two years or more Dental Hygienist experience preferred.
Experience working with Alaska Native or American Indian people preferred.
License/Certification
Current Alaska Dental Hygienist licensure.
Special Skills
Good oral and written communication skills.
Excellent customer service skills.
Signature
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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