The Dental Hygienist is a licensed professional. The position requires either an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene from an Accredited College or University. Once registered, the Dental Hygienist works under the supervision of a dentist to help meet the dental needs of patients primarily associated with but not limited to dental prophylaxis, education, and prevention. This position is located in the Dental Service at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx NY. Duties 1. Duties include planning the sequence of dental hygiene procedures for appointments, instructing patients on brushing and flossing, diet,nutrition counseling, and recommending hygiene products. 2. Review the patient medical and dental history in order to provide safe, effective, and appropriate therapy 3. Conduct head and neck examinations and complete intraoral inspection of the hard and soft tissue and seeks consultation with dentist to assess abnormal findings. 4. Perform dental prophylaxis and periodontal maintenance procedures to include scaling, root planning, application of medications, and tooth polishing. 5. Maintain a clean and well organized dental operatory. 6. Maintain all instruments and equipment in proper working condition. 7. Wear appropriate attire that reflects professionalism and inspires patient confidence. 8. Provide oral and written information to assist the patient in the prevention and management of oral disease. 9. Wear appropriate protective attire and assure that the patient is provided eye protection during procedures. 10. Maintain the dental operatory in accordance with local and federal regulations. 11. Maintain dental instruments and armamentarium at a level of sterility in accordance with local and federal regulations and according to the Dental Program Infection Control Policy including proper management of RME. 12. Complete clinical progress notes within 24 hours of completion of care. 13. Record appropriate codes for procedures accomplished. 14. Use appropriate template for progress notes. 15. Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and staff that facilitate optimal patient care and reduce or eliminate patient complaints. 16. Respond to queries related to patient care within 48 hours. 17. Monitor voicemail and Secure Messaging notifications daily to assure timely response to patient queries. 18. Manage clinical time efficiently to maximize the quantity and quality of care provided to patients. 19. Manage clinical supplies prudently and assure that all medications and supplies are used prior to imprinted expiration dates. 20. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Bargaining Unit: Yes
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