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Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. Dental Hygienist in Framingham, Massachusetts

This position is 5 hours per week.

Summary:

Cleaning and polishing teeth, instructing patients in good oral hygiene habits and after care for dental treatment rendered, and providing other preventative dental care, and work chairside as needed, with the dentist during examinations and treatments. The Dental Hygienist is a member of the clinical practice team and works collaboratively with other team members in providing patient care. As part of the team-based approach to care, the Dental Hygienist will participate in coordinating care for individual patients, will support patients and families in self-management, through evidenced-based approaches as may be appropriate, will engage in health center projects that are aimed at specific patient population needs, and will utilize effective and appropriate communication strategies, such as health literacy approaches when working with patients.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Actively participates in maintaining a patient recall system

  • Applies patient markers to adequately determine that the correct patient is present for the dental appointment.

  • Accurately completes the dental record providing all necessary information relating to oral hygiene, Periodontal status, probing depths, attachment loss, and accurate charting of the current oral condition. Completes notes after each procedure

  • Demonstrates competency and proficiency in oral prophylaxis, with a thorough understanding of each instrument and its function.

  • Demonstrates competency and proficiency in Scaling and Root Planing.Adequately documents the Periodontal status of the patient; documenting gingival tissue characteristics, sulcus depths, mobility, calculus levels, and radiographic findings.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in radiograph processing and alerts the Dentist to pathology.

  • Develops efficient work flow and structure after determining the nature of the appointment and develops the proper recall schedule.

  • Adheres to the standard of care in infection control procedures and protocols during patient care.

  • Provides oral health instruction, allows adequate time for questions and answers, and provides patients the opportunity to demonstrate proper oral health techniques.

  • Demonstrates competency and proficiency in placing sealants.

  • Maintains complete dental records and documentation is thorough and coherent, making sure the dental record accurately reflects the nature of the contact, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided. Insures that all record notes are completed the same day of the procedure

  • Participates in instrument processing/disinfection/wrapping after dental procedures.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of any accredited US school of Dental Hygiene.

  • MA Dental Hygienist license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 1/2 years post-graduate experience as a dental hygienist is required preferably in a community or public health setting.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Portuguese, or other language identified by Department as a need.

  • Certification in delivering local anesthesia in state of Massachusetts.

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