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Dental Assistant

Company: TrueCare
Location: San Marcos
Posted on: June 18, 2022

Job Description:

Position SummaryThe Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the dentist and dental hygienist in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of the health center. The Dental Assistant is also responsible for sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies.
Essential Functions

  • Prepare operatory for patient treatment.
  • Maintain a smooth constant flow of patients from reception to operatories.
  • Help patients feel comfortable before, during and after treatment.
  • Prepare patients for examination by obtaining their health history and taking their blood pressure and pulse.
  • Record patients' health history, vital signs and information in the Electronic Dental Record (EDR) system.
  • Operate x-ray equipment to perform dental radiographic procedures.
  • Provide chair side assistance to the dentist and hygienist, as needed, in the concept of four handed dentistry.
  • Use suction and swabs to keep patients' mouths clear and dry during procedures.
  • Accurately chart diagnosis of dentists.
  • Under direct supervision of the dentist, perform basic supportive dental procedures such as taking impressions for diagnostic and opposing models; removing post-extraction and periodontal dressings; applying topical fluoride, after scaling and polishing; and placing and removing rubber dams in accordance with state regulations and law.
  • Provide patients with instructions for oral care.
  • Maintain dental equipment and work areas in compliance with health center policies and procedures relative to infection control and safety issues, including the sterilization of all reusable dental instruments and equipment and the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials.
  • Maintain adequate operatory supplies and compile a list for inventory control and ordering purposes.
  • Assist the front office, as needed, with answering the telephone, patient registration, scheduling appointments, recalls and obtaining insurance eligibility.Job Requirements
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • Completion of an accredited program for Dental Assistants.
    • Familiarity with dental terminology, instruments, materials and medications used during dental procedures.
    • Availability to work outside of normal shifts (e.g., 8am to 5pm) and on Saturdays.
    • Computer proficiency, particularly with the Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook and Word.Nice to Have
      • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
      • At least one (1) year of Dental Assistant experience.
      • Six (6) months experience with electronic health record data entry.
      • Experience working in a community clinic setting.Certifications
        • Dental Assistant Certification accredited by the American Dental Association's (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
        • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers
        • Radiation Safety Certificate
        • Infection Control Certificate
        • California Dental Practice Act Certificate
          TrueCare requires employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation obligations.At Truecare, we put your health first. Our compassionate team understands your needs and provides a heartfelt welcome to each and every person who walks through our doors.Visit to learn more! Health Inside. Come in! Salud Adentro. Bienvenido!TrueCare is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


Keywords: TrueCare, San Marcos , Dental Assistant, Healthcare , San Marcos, California

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