SOUTH TEXAS DENTAL Dental Assistant in HOUSTON, Texas
The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. State regulations vary when it comes to the delivery of treatments. ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES, TASKS Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays) Asking about the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse Serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment Helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment Providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling) Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling) Taking impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth) Performing office management tasks Communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies) Helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery Must have HS/GED Graduate of ADA-accredited dental assisting program CPR License (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) Coursework in dental instruments and procedures Compliance with state dental practice requirements (i.e., X-ray requirements, OSHA training) Must have 1 year experience Candidates must pass drug screen and Candidate must pass background check. Convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis; convictions will not necessarily bar a candidate's employment.