Valley of the Moon Children's Center – Dental Clinic Needs Volunteer Assistants, Hygienists, and Dentists

Published:  March 23, 2017

Valley of the Moon Children's Center (VMCC) provides temporary residential care for over 500 children a year who come to the Center after being removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. During their stay at the Center children receive medical, dental, and mental health services and treatment. The facility includes a dental clinic designed to serve the oral health needs of all children entering emergency foster care at the Center. VMCC has need of the following volunteers for their dental clinic, willing to volunteer 1-2 days per month for a period of 6 months.

Dental Assistant - Under the direction of a dentist, provide support for dental services at Valley of the Moon Children's Center. Prepare patients for dentist's exam.

  • Perform chair-side duties such as handing instruments and materials to dentist and operation suction hose.
  • Assist with patient management during procedures
  • Take x-rays
  • Prepare and maintain dental instruments, supplies, and equipment
  • Prepare compounds for cleanings and fillings
  • Support the maintenance of accurate records or files
  • Support office duties as needed, such as ordering supplies and scheduling appointments
  • Adhere to all Safety and Environmental Programs as required by law (such as Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, and Blood Born Pathogen Standards, etc.)

Requires minimum 1 – 2 years experience as a dental assistant. Must possess mobility and stamina to work in a clinical setting with extended standing and sitting; fine motor coordination to use dental tools and equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to perform necessary dental work. Must show proof of valid license to practice dentistry issued by the CA State Board of Dental Examiners and malpractice insurance.

Dental Hygienist - Under the direction of a dentist, provide professional dental services for patients at Valley of the Moon Children's Center.

  • Implement patient screening procedures
  • Clean and polish teeth to remove plaque and stains
  • Examine gums for signs of disease
  • Chart conditions for diagnosis and treatment by dentist
  • Apply cavity-prevention agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants
  • Take x-rays
  • Explain or teach oral hygiene
  • Prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests
  • Prepare filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings
  • Making impressions of patients' teeth for study
  • Support the maintenance of accurate records or files
  • Adhere to all Safety and Environmental Programs as required by law (such as Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, and Blood Born Pathogen Standards, etc.)

    Must possess a valid license to practice as a dental hygienist issued by California State Board of Dental Examiners. Must possess mobility and stamina to work in a clinical setting with extended standing and sitting; fine motor coordination to use dental tools and equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to perform necessary dental work. Must show proof of valid license to practice dentistry issued by the CA State Board of Dental Examiners and malpractice insurance.

    Dentist - Under direction, to provide professional dental services for patients at Valley of the Moon Children's Center.
  • Confer with patients and VMCC staff concerning diagnosis and treatment. Work closely with VMCC staff regarding referrals as required.
  • Perform dental examinations at VMCC Dental Clinic; authorize, take, and interpret x-rays; order additional tests as required and determine appropriate treatment.
  • Provide and oversee prophylactic services such as cleaning and fluoride or sealant treatments; instructs patients in proper oral hygiene and dental care.
  • Perform routine diagnostic, restorative, oral surgery, and periodontal treatment. Advise Dental Administrator of cases requiring specialist referral.
  • Support the maintenance of accurate records or files.
  • Direct the procedural support work of dental assistants and hygienists.
  • Adhere to all Safety and Environmental Programs as required by law (such as Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, and Blood Born Pathogen Standards, etc.)

Must possess a valid license to practice dentistry issued by California State Board of Dental Examiners. Must possess mobility and stamina to work in a clinical setting with extended standing and sitting; fine motor coordination to use dental tools and equipment, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and to perform necessary dental work. Must show proof of valid license to practice dentistry issued by the CA State Board of Dental Examiners and malpractice insurance.

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Sylvia Lemus

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