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The Dentist is responsible for diagnosing and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums and related oral structures. May treat diseases

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Typical Functions:

Examines teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, and other diagnostic equipment, to evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments. Administers anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures. Uses masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases. Formulates a plan of treatment for patient’s teeth and mouth tissue. Advises and instructs patients regarding preventative dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, and oral health care services. Writes prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications. Provides guidance and direction to subordinates, sets performance standards and monitors performance. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer services. Knowledge of human behavior and performance. Ability to communicate effectively in both writing and orally. Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in dentistry; plus five years of experience in the dental field, Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners.


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