Under direction, to perform dental hygiene consultation and prevention services in the dental disease prevention programs; and to do other related work.
Assists in the development and implementation of preventive programs to improve the dental health of the citizens of the State; serves as an advisor and consultant in planning and development of area-wide dental disease prevention programs; assists with the administration of dental hygiene activities in assigned areas; instructs interested persons and groups in proper diet and its relation to dental health; assists in explaining and interpreting dental health programs at seminars for interested persons and groups; serves as an instructor for demonstration programs to develop and conduct preventive dental health programs for specific community groups, including school children; assists in contacting groups and organizations to promote dental health; assists in establishing and implementing dental manpower development programs; evaluates dental health programs; assists counties to establish programs for prevention of dental disease; serves as dental hygiene consultant to local health departments and interprets regulations and guidelines of dental health programs to them; gives consultation on dental hygiene practices; keeps informed on advancements in dental health; and does other work as required.
Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a Dental Hygienist as determined by the California Board of Dental Examiners. andExperience: Five years of experience as a licensed Dental Hygienist at least two years of which must have been in public health. andEducation: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene or its equivalent. (Possession of an Associate of Arts Degree in Dental Hygiene and a baccalaureate degree in public health, health education, or education may be accepted as equivalent.)
Knowledge of: Principles, practices and techniques of dental hygiene; dental diseases and related preventive and corrective measures; care and use of common dental equipment, instruments and materials; current practices and methods of dental health educational programs.
Ability to: Provide consultation and technical assistance to local agencies concerned with dental health programs and to dental hygienists and other health-related personnel; supervise dental hygienists and other dental health personnel; deal effectively with people and to stimulate interest of and to motivate all age groups in the prevention of dental disease; establish and maintain effective working relationships with lay and professional personnel and groups; meet and deal tactfully with the public; exercise resourcefulness.
Possession of a high degree of originality and effectiveness in person-to-person relationships which result in material differences in program effectiveness; possession of a valid California driver's license. Willingness to travel extensively throughout the State as a regular part of the work.