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Job Title:   Dental Hygienist
ONET Job Title:   Dental Hygienists
Industry:   Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Job Type:   Full Time
Job Location:   St. Croix
Minimum Education:   Associates Degree
Career Level:   Entry Level
Minimum Experience:   1 Year
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Job Description:

Dental hygienists Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. Duties Dental hygienists typically do the following: * Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth * Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth * Take and develop dental x rays * Assess patients� oral health and report findings to dentists * Document patient care and treatment plans * Educate patients about oral hygiene techniques, such as how to brush and floss correctly Dental hygienists use many types of tools to do their job. They clean and polish teeth with hand, power, and ultrasonic tools. In some cases, they use lasers. Hygienists remove stains with an air-polishing device, which sprays a combination of air, water, and baking soda. They polish teeth with a powered tool that works like an automatic toothbrush. Hygienists use x-ray machines to take pictures to check for tooth or jaw problems. Dental hygienists help patients develop and maintain good oral health. For example, they may explain the relationship between diet and oral health. They also may give advice to patients on how to select toothbrushes and other oral-care devices. The tasks hygienists may perform, and the extent that they must be supervised by a dentist, varies by state and by the setting in which the dental hygienist works. Some states allow hygienists to independently diagnosis health problems and provide some treatments, such as application of fluorides and sealants.

Skills Required

1.  work with persons with mental disabilities or illnesses
2.  analyze dental data
3.  collect dental laboratory diagnostic data
4.  operate dental equipment
5.  perform dental hygiene procedures
6.  prepare patient for dental work
7.  set up dental equipment
8.  use dental treatment procedures
9.  use knowledge of dental terminology
10.  use darkroom procedures in radiology or medical or dental lab setting
11.  use sanitation practices in health care settings
12.  administer injections
13.  administer medications or treatments
14.  analyze medical data
15.  collect clinical data
16.  follow clinical radiation safety procedures
17.  follow dental or medical office procedures
18.  follow dental or medical x-ray procedures
19.  follow infectious materials procedures
20.  identify body response variations
21.  maintain dental or medical records
22.  make presentations on health or medical issues
23.  observe patient condition
24.  record medical history or data
25.  use clinical sterilizing technique
26.  use emergency medical procedures
27.  use knowledge of medical terminology
28.  inventory medical supplies or instruments
29.  follow patient observation procedures
30.  administer anesthetics
31.  use hazardous materials information
32.  use quality assurance techniques

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Company Name: St. Croix dental
Company Description:
Dental office
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