Veteran Dental Hygienist with 30+ years of expertise in dental treatment. Dedicated and driven to coordinate and carry out oral care treatments by providing dental prophylaxis. Empathetic professional capable of reassuring and alleviating patient fears. Focused on building relationships with patients and providing comprehensive education to treat and prevent oral disease. Proven leader with experience training and mentoring other staff. Effective communicator with success in teaching patients and community about oral hygiene and care. Knowledgeable in identifying oral health issues, like tooth decay and oral cancer, in early stages and communicating findings to dentists for further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
Dental Hygiene duties include review of medical history, dental exam, head and neck cancer screening, oral cancer screening, necessary radiographs, full mouth periodontal charting, recall cleanings, four quadrant scaling and root planing with sub-gingival irrigation of Perioguard, sealant placement, oral hygiene instruction. I am also knowledgeable in the EZdent computer program to schedule appointments. Use of Sheck dental imaging.
Expanded dental hygiene duties in this orthodontic office included extra-oral and intra-oral pictures using dental mirrors and a high resolution camera, exposing and developing panoramic, cephalometric, occlusal and size two dental films, study models and impressions for retainers fabricating and adjusting orthodontic wires, fabricating and adjusting retainers, ordering supplies, scheduling appointments, educating patients and parents on proper hygiene and maintenance of orthodontic appliances.
I also prepared the teeth for brackets as well as removal of braces.
Suffolk Society of Forensic Dentistry 1997- present
Suffolk County Mass Disaster Team 1997-present
Suffolk County Medical Reserve Corp 2006-2009
American Dental Hygienist Association
New York Dental Hygienist Association
Long Island Dental Hygienist Association
FEMA Incident Command Systems IS-00100, IS-00200, IS-00700, IS-00800
Suffolk County Department of Health Services, "Point of Distribution" POD training
Basic Disaster Life Support training, Hazardous materials Awareness 29CFR 1910.120
American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR and AED Program
Current Training for Infection Control
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