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Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Kool Smiles Decatur Full-Time
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Ready to change lives (including your own)? We are dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. We believe every person deserves access to quality, affordable dental care -- and this mission drives everything we do. We are looking for a Dental Assistant ready to create memorable patient experiences. We are not your typical dentist office, so if you are ready to have fun and make a difference, keep reading!

Below are the basics of this role:

The Dental Assistant provides support to the office and is responsible for assisting the professional dental staff with treatment.

  • Deliver quality and compassionate care to every patient
  • Guide parents and patients through our processes before treatment
  • Educate patients in oral hygiene instruction and provide postoperative instructions
  • Prepare patient for examination and treatment
  • Take x-rays and save to patient charts
  • Responsible for the operational readiness of the hygiene bay and operatory rooms
  • Prepare tray set-ups for dental procedures
  • Mix amalgam, cement, pulp paste and prepare impression materials
  • Sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment
  • Clean chairs and rooms
  • Assist professional dental staff with treatment:
  • Document patient information, treatment plans, and procedures in patient chart
  • Assist with suctioning, holding retractors and suture cutting during surgical procedures
  • Pour, trim and polish impression casts
  • Fabricate custom impression trays
  • Responsible for adhering to all government regulations and company standards

Ready to do more than the basics and be super awesome?

  • Have fun and make sure our patients are having fun too
  • Provide memorable patient experiences by showing compassion for our patients and parents
  • Get out into your community -- participate in local events including school screenings, presentations and any opportunity to promote a positive image of us
  • Look around and do more than you are asked to do by assisting with other office duties as needed
  • Participate in morning huddles (hey, even ask to run one!), let your peers know how much you appreciate them, highlight great examples of customer focus, collaboration etc
  • Integrity, always do the right thing!
  • Love working with kids (they make up 70% or more of our patient base)

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

And yes, there are requirements for this role:

  • Graduation from a senior high school or GED equivalent.
  • X-ray certification, other certified dental assistant credentials are required (state and position specific)

Take care of our patients and we will take care of you:

We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package as well as growth opportunities to our full --time employees. Other benefits include: medical, dental, vision and optional life insurance. We also offer short and long term disability, 401K with match, flexible spending accounts, paid time off, company holidays and much much more!

Skills required

Prescription
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Setting Appointments
Blood Pressure
Patient Services
Diagnostic Procedures
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Kool Smiles, founded in 2002, is built on the belief that all families have the right to receive quality dental care. Our goal at Kool Smiles is to provide first-rate dental services to communities that are often overlooked or are otherwise underserved. We welcome the entire family, from children as young as 1 year old, and also treat adults in most of our offices.

The Surgeon General has reported that dental care is the number-one unmet healthcare need for children in the United States. Kool Smiles was founded in response to that unmet need, to provide access to quality dental care in communities throughout the country. Here are the facts on why good dental care is vital to lifelong health:
 

  • Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, and is five times more common than asthma.
  • Tooth decay affects more than 50% of kids in first grade—and 80% of 17-year-olds.
  • Almost 2.5 million days of work and 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses.
  • Dental disease can cause serious health problems and can affect a person's well-being and self-esteem.
  • Children with dental health problems can have difficulty eating, sleeping, and paying attention in school.

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