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Dental Hygienist

Carry out dental hygiene treatment under the prescription of a dentist in line with current legislation and regulations and in accordance with the GDC requirements under reasonable guidance from the principal. Perform other tasks as the principle shall reasonably request.

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Leamington Spa

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  • Provide dental hygiene care to a wide range of patients
  • Follow the practice procedures for the prevention and control of infection
  • Plan the delivery of care for patients to improve and maintain their periodontal health
  • Work with the dentist/s of the practice to help patients maintain their oral health by preventing and treating gum disease and promoting good oral health practice
  • Be proactive in developing good lines of communication with the dentist/s to ensure the best treatment of the patients
  • Carry out appropriate patient treatments according to a written prescription from a dentist
  • Obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate their medical history
  • Complete periodontal examination and charting and use indices to screen and monitor periodontal disease
  • Work with the principal to develop the practice and implement the business plan
  • Provide treatment for patients in line with the practice schedule and appointment system
  • Maintain accurate clinical records
  • Maintain a high level of patient care
  • Keep up to date with health and safety requirements
  • Attend practice meetings and training sessions when requested to do so
  • Assist in other areas of the practice, including administration if required to do so

Perform the following clinical procedures:

  • Monitor periodontal diseases by using current indices, plaque scores, bleeding and pocket depth charts
  • Provide specific oral hygiene advice by the development of a home care plan for individual patients to maintain their oral health
  • Perform supra and subgingival scaling, including comprehensive root surface debridement which may involve the use of local infiltration analgesia together with the placement of antimicrobial agents when necessary
  • Provide thorough prophylaxis, which can include polishing restorations
  • Place fissure sealants and apply fluoride applications to teeth
  • Place a temporary filling, when appropriate
  • Give specific preventative advice including: nutritional guidance; advice and use of fluoride agents; the benefits of smoking cessation and the prevention of halitosis
  • Take radiographs
  • Apply local treatment agents under prescription from the dentist
  • Plan and implement oral hygiene programmes related to public health campaigns
  • Place crowns with temporary cement in emergencies
  • Remove excess cement by instruments, which may include rotary instruments
  • Take impressions (for the purpose of record, diagnostic and orthodontic model production)
  • Administer inferior dental nerve block anaesthesia, under the direct personal supervision of a registered dentist (provided that the dentist is on the premises when the ID block is administered)
  • Treat patients under conscious sedation, provided that the sedationist remains in the room throughout treatment
  • Administer local infiltration anaesthesia according to the GDC guidelines

Perform the following additional procedures following appropriate training:

  • Carry out tooth whitening to the prescription of a dentist
  • Prescribe radiographs
  • Administer inhalation sedation
  • Remove sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist

Requirements

  • Carry out a high quality dental hygiene treatment under the prescription of a dentist in line with current legislation and regulations
  • Follow practice policies and procedures
  • Ensure that the required professional indemnity and insurance are in place and that all necessary CPD is undertaken
  • Promote, establish and maintain productive working relationships with all members of the dental team 
  • Liaise with the principal on all matters concerning administration, pay and service conditions
  • Supervise the assisting dental nurse in regard to clinical matters
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be  affected by your acts or omissions at work

Responsibilities

  • This job description is a guide to responsibilities rather than a complete list of duties. It will be periodically reviewed and may be amended by agreement from time to time.
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