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This is technical work involving the preliminary aspects of dental health care.

An employee in this classification assists a dentist by cleaning patients' teeth, and by maintaining charts, patient care records, and supply inventories. This position also greets patients and answers questions concerning appointments and oral health care procedures. Duties are primarily educational, therapeutic, and preventive dentistry. Work is performed under the general supervision of a dentist and is reviewed by the observation of results and patient satisfaction.


Utilizes audio-visual aids, pamphlets, and demonstrations to instruct patients in proper oral hygiene procedures.

Performs preventive dental care using ultrasonic instruments, rotating brushes, rubber cups, and cleaning compounds to remove stains, calcareous deposits, and accretions from teeth.

Applies medicinal solutions to aid in retarding dental decay.

Charts conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.

Exposes and develops x-ray film; makes dental impressions; removes sutures and dressings, and administers topical anesthetics.

Places and removes rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations.

Removes excess cement from surface of teeth.

Greets patients and schedules appointments.

Maintains daily, monthly, and annual dental records; recalls patients when appropriate, performs related clerical duties.

Maintains supply inventories, notifies dentist of need for particular supplies for operating procedures.

Sterilizes equipment and instruments; maintains cleanliness and orderliness of the oral hygiene operatory, x-ray rooms, sterilization room, waiting room, administration room, and other operatories.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from an accredited school or college for dental hygiene which offers a course consisting of not less than two academic years. Must be licensed as a registered dental hygienist (RDH) by the State of Georgia.

Considerable knowledge of dental and oral health care procedures.

Knowledge of oral anatomy, bacteriology, and pathology.

Ability to use a variety of dental instruments to clean teeth and gums.

Ability to take and process radiographs.

Ability to greet and interact well with large numbers of people.

Ability to maintain dental and supply records.



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