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Project HOME, Philadelphia – Dental Hygienist

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Evaluate overall oral health, examining oral cavity for signs of periodontal disease, oral lesions, or possible cancers
Assess dental condition and needs of patient using approved patient screening procedures, including medical history review, dental charting, and periodontal charting.
Follow through with oral hygiene procedures in accordance with prescribed treatment plans.Procedures may include: Prophylaxis, periodontal scaling, root planing, debridement, supra and subgingival scaling and curettage.
Expose and mount digital radiographs
Apply fluoride treatment
Apply protective sealants
Take impressions of teeth for study models, diagnostic casts or athletic appliances
Administer local anesthesia
Documents dental care services by charting in patient electronic records
Conduct dental health clinics for community groups
Educate patients in oral hygiene and dental care, including proper tooth brushing, flossing, nutrition, and need for professional care
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of established oral hygiene concepts and periodontal therapies, dental procedures, clinic infection control procedures, cleaning and sterilization of instruments, tray set up, and dental materials
Demonstrate commitment to the mission of the organization in promoting dental health
Interact positively with a diverse, sometimes difficult, and demanding patient population.Provide service in a manner that is appropriate for the patient’s age; demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to meet the patient’s physical, psychosocial, educational, and safety needs

General Responsibilities:
Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
Maintain patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential
Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols
Use sound judgment in patient communication

Team Functions
Work in compliance with all dental policies and with standards such as OSHA, HIPAA, and funding body regulations
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor or manager
Exercise good judgment in bringing any issues necessary to the attention of the supervising dentist or Dental Director
Constantly strives to achieve excellence in the day-to-day operations of Project HOME Dental Services

Minimum Qualifications

Current Registered Dental Hygienist with PA state licensure
Local Anesthesia Permit
Current CPR (BLS) certification

Preferred Qualifications

Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner Permit strongly preferred
Experience with Next Gen a plus



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