Dental Hygienist – UAMS Oral Health Clinic

The Dental Hygienist provides patient care and clinical support for the UAMS Oral Health Clinic. The Oral Health Clinic is responsible for delivering comprehensive dental care and for assisting in the promotion of dental education at UAMS and throughout the State of Arkansas. The clinic will serve as a pathway to student and resident education for dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dental students as well as advanced education dental residents. This position serves as an expert in preventative oral health care for patients of the clinic. As part of his/her job duties, the dental hygienist may: perform oral health care assessments that include obtaining and reviewing patient health histories, taking/recording blood pressure and other vital signs, complete dental charting, oral cancer screening, and comprehensive periodontal assessment; expose, process, and interpret dental radiographs; perform routine oral prophylaxes and nonsurgical periodontal therapy; administer local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia (if licensed for these expanded functions); placement of locally-delivered antimicrobials; remove plaque and calculus -soft and hard deposits-from above and below the gumline; apply cavity-preventive agents, such as topical fluorides and sealants; educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain good oral health; counsel patients about plaque control and developing individualized at-home oral hygiene programs; counsel patients on the importance of good nutrition for maintaining optimal oral health; take alginate impressions, pour & trim study models, and fabricate custom trays and mouthguards/biteguards; perform appropriate treatment documentation in the electronic record, and perform daily inventory & clinic maintenance duties as well as various administrative tasks.

Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited dental hygiene program. Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene preferred. Must possess thorough working knowledge of Current Dental Terminology (CDT) codes; OSHA regulations; and the Arkansas Dental Practice Act. Must be licensed in the State of Arkansas as a registered dental hygienist or be eligible for licensure; State of Arkansas local anesthesia permit is preferred. Proficiency with dental practice management software (such as EagleSoft) and MS Office (Outlook and Word) are desirable. Experience in front desk management in a dental environment is desirable (scheduling patients, working recall, filing insurance claims, etc.); Experience as a dental assistant is desirable. Selected candidate must successfully
pass a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening.

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