Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) is a diverse, community-based health care organization. Our programs have been recognized as national models and LCHC was named one of the top five health centers in the nation for excellence in cultural competency. With a career at Lowell Community Health Center, you will be joining a dynamic team of passionate and talented people.
Dental Assistants are responsible for assisting the Dentist(s) and Dental Hygienist(s) in direct patient care of children and adults. They are responsible for sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies. Our DAs are expected to help create a caring and receptive patient environment and an effective, efficient, and productive patient visit. This role requires attention to detail, flexibility, cultural sensitivity in a diverse environment, and the ability to work as a valued team member in a fast-paced clinical setting.
Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Assist in the delivery of caring, quality and culturally competent dental services to children and adults.
- Demonstrate high degree of knowledge and competency in dental assisting.
- Ensure accuracy, efficiency, and appropriate confidentiality with patient charting and related recordkeeping and administrative functions as assigned.
- Ensure all actions, job performance, personal conduct and communications represent the organization in a highly professional manner at all times.
- Uphold and ensure compliance and attention to all organizational policies and procedures as well as the overall mission and values.
- Provide chair-side assistance to Dentist(s) and Dental Hygienist(s) during procedures, including exams, sealants, cleanings, restorations, oral surgery, dentures, and some root canals and crowns.
- Under supervision by a dentist, perform delegated duties such as applying fluoride varnish and dental sealants.
- Prepare clinical area for daily activities, including start of day and closing.
- Prepares, sterilizes, organizes, and sets up dental equipment, ensures that all dental instruments are properly cleaned, dated, and processed according to clinic standards.
- Monitors and maintains dental equipment, such as compressors, evacuator systems, radiographic equipment, sterilizers, and light curing units, in accordance with manufacturers? guidelines.
- Prepare patient for provider, including seating the patient, taking vitals and reviewing patient medical and dental history.
- Make entries in the patient chart as directed by provider.
- Provide patient education, including proper oral home care and assisting the dentist in explaining dental procedures and post-operative instructions.
- Properly take digital radiographs in accordance with provider orders and state dental regulations.
- Assist in the monitoring and maintenance of radiation safety procedures and protocols.
- Take intra-oral photographs, and teach patients about oral health promotion and disease prevention.
- Ensure that dental supply inventory is maintained.
- Performs miscellaneous clerical duties as needed such as confirming and scheduling patients.
- Report any concerns about equipment malfunctions, patient safety and/or clinical operations immediately to Dental Director.
- Utilize computers for data entry and information retrieval with proficiency.
- Attend all departmental and center wide meetings ex: full-staff, etc.
- Other duties as needed or required.
- Hours of work dependent on demand for services and Department needs. Hours are arranged on an individual basis.
- Current and valid license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts required.
- At least one year of general dentistry experience.
- Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer, Swahili language skills a plus.
- History of good attendance and positive work attitude is essential.
Hours may include occasional evenings and weekends.
How To Apply
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration