Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist
A highly driven and team oriented dental practice is looking for an energetic and a motivated Hygienist to join the team IMMEDIATELY.
Under general supervision from the Dentist, the Hygienist's primary duties 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, and work chairside as needed, with the dentist during examinations and treatments.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the medical & dental history, oral cancer screening, dental charting, and vital signs of patient.
Assess patients' teeth, bone, and periodontal tissues indicating the presence of any abnormalities or suspected diseases or conditions.
Co-diagnose with the dentist to develop appropriate periodontal treatment plans.
Bring to the immediate attention of the dentist any suspected lesion in the mouth or on the teeth.
Thoroughly remove soft and hard deposits and extrinsic stain from teeth, using hand instruments, ultrasonic cavitron inserts and prophy handpieces.
Instruct patients how to practice good oral hygiene; make recommendations as to appropriate products or devices for patients' home care; and provide other health care education, as necessary.
Counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health Perform prophylaxis in the absence of periodontal disease or gingivitis.
Perform full mouth debridement, either as a first stage gingivitis therapy or to remove interfering calculus to further enable a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Perform root planning as a periodontal therapy.
Place locally-administered antibiotics as supportive periodontal therapy. Implement irrigation and desensitizing procedures or products as adjunctive to periodontal therapy. Expose, develop and mount dental x-rays (intraoral and extraoral).
Apply cavity-preventive agents, such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants. Make recommendations as to patients' recare interval and follow-up needs. Sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment. Perform teeth whitening procedures.
Making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
All other duties and responsibilities as assigned within the practice and allowed under applicable state laws and regulations
Records treatment information in patient records.
Actively participates in the achievement of patient satisfaction and office production goals by working efficiently and providing a high level of patient service.
Conducts work in compliance with office policies and procedures, safety, OSHA and MSDS guidelines.
Be willing to participate in marketing events to grow the practice.
Attend & participate in morning huddles & other scheduled staff meetings Qualifications
Dental hygienists must be licensed and in good standing with the State of Alabama.
Dental hygienists must be willing to partner with the dentist, work well as part of the total dental team.
Minimum of three years experience as a Dental Hygienist.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Understanding and usage of computers as well as the ability to learn applications relevant to the position.
Strong customer service ethic
Good communication skills
Applicants must reply with current resume and 3 professional references, otherwise your application will not be considered. Please call 205.833.5408 for more information.

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