Registered Dental Assistant

DEPARTMENT:Dental Department
REPORTS TO:Chief Dental Officer
SALARY:                   Salary Determined by Experience
DEFINITION:Under the general supervision of the Director of Oral Health, the Employee will provide dental care for patients by diagnosing and treating  Dental diseases, 


Certification or associate degree in an accredited dental assisting program.   
            Dental x-ray certification.  Sealant Certificate,  Coronal    Polishing Certificate
High school diploma or equivalent.

Dental Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Preparing patients for dental work.
  • Helping with infection control by sterilizing and disinfecting instruments, setting up instrument trays, preparing materials, and assisting with dental procedures.
  • Assisting dentists in managing medical and dental emergencies when necessary.
  • Assisting dental hygienists with procedures when necessary.
  • Providing great patient care.
  • Recording treatment information in patient records.
  • Exposing dental x-rays from dental diagnostics and caring for dental x-ray equipment.
  • Giving patients information on dental hygiene, oral health care, and plaque control programs.
  • Collecting and recording medical and dental histories and patient vital signs.
  • Providing postoperative instructions as directed by the dentist.
  • Caring for dental equipment.
  • Forming preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
  • Ordering dental supplies and maintaining dental equipment inventory.
  • Fabricating temporary restorations and custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Ability to perform Vitals, Glucose testing and COVID nasal testing ( with appropriate training)



Attends work regularly and punctually; is readily accessible during work hours to peers; limits absences from own duty stations and limits visits and activities which distract others from their performance of duties.
Works cooperatively with immediate supervisor, with department members, and with other Council staff persons, as required
Treats all patients / clients / visitors with respect and courtesy.
Remains competent in skills required for position.
During the initial thirty (30) days of employment, becomes and remains knowledgeable about and in compliance with the Council’s and Department policies and procedures in the following areas:Confidentiality of patient / client / fellow employee and supplier recordsPatient’s rights and responsibilities.Professional and business ethics.Continuous quality and improvement.Safety and security of person and property.Infection control. And current clinical workflowsWith our goals to meet current Joint Commission, CDC, OSAP GuidanceHazardous materials and waste.Life safety and emergency preparedness.
Maintains a working knowledge about and in continued compliance with all of those areas listed under item (5) throughout your employment with the Council.
Provides care appropriate to the age of the patients / clients / visitors served.
As a condition of employment, a physical examination and drug-free status is required.
Is able to work and/or interact satisfactorily with a workforce and public that is ethnically and culturally diverse.
Is responsible for performing other assigned duties that are related to the above and which fall within the scope of this job description.
Must be able to travel between dental sites
And any other duties requests requested by the dental supervisor or CDO
Willingness to do patient outreach projects.
Work occasional on Saturday’s

Gun Violence: Public Health Emergency in Alameda County

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Oakland community leaders call on Alameda County to declare gun violence a public health emergency

Black and brown community leaders are calling on Alameda County to officially declare gun violence a public health emergency and commit $100 million of newly available federal pandemic relief funding to help communities directly impacted by gun violence. 

“State of emergency!” a crowd of about three dozen residents and activists repeatedly chanted at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater on Thursday morning. Leaders in attendance represented local organizations such as LIVE FREE, Roots Community Health Center, Fund Peace, Faith In Action East Bay, and Californians for Safety and Justice. 

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Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.

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President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was effective Jan. 1, 1863, but the news took time to travel. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, when the Union army brought word of the proclamation to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, making them among the last to be freed.

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The celebration of June 19 came to be known as “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants as they treated the day as their Independence Day, according to the Texas State Library. It spread to other states and has been celebrated every year since.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Federal and local policies and practices are increasingly acknowledging and focusing on LGBTQ youth and numerous national advocacy and other organizations are also giving greater attention to LGBTQ youth in their work.  Encouraging greater acceptance and support for all youth, including those who are or are perceived to be LGBTQ, will make communities, schools, and other settings safer, better places for all youth.

Men’s Health Month

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