Community Oral Health Officer Job in Kenya

Community Oral Health Officer

Overall Responsibility

Working closely with a licensed dentist, the COHO will be responsible for providing dental treatment and hygiene to prevent dental decay by examining, treating, cleaning patients’ teeth and providing education on how to care for teeth and gums.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
  2. Screening patients, reviewing a patient's oral health history and teaching appropriate brushing and flossing techniques. In addition, welcoming, comforting, and draping patient.
  3. Perform oral examination and charting, cleaning of teeth and polishing.
  4. Perform simple extractions, place fissure sealants, and apply topical fluorides and temporary fillings.
  5. Use dental X-ray machines to take dental radiographs and develop the film for the dentist's analysis.
  6. Review pre-operative settings and make sure that the dentist has what is required to carry out dental procedures; i.e. provide necessary help to the dentist, including mixing materials, trimming, and polishing dental casts.
  7. Implements and adheres to infection prevention protocols including autoclaving instruments after use, cleaning the dental procedures’ space and storage of the clean.
  8. Maintain a record of day-to-day activities of the dental unit and prepare regular reports as needed.
  9. Inventory management of equipment and supplies at the dental unit. This includes preparing orders as needed to avoid stock outs.

Job Requirements

  1. Diploma in Community Oral Health/Dentistry or an equivalent from a recognized institution.
  2. Current practicing license
  3. At least 1 year of relevant clinical experience

Application Instructions

  1. Interested candidates to email their cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae ONLY; including names and contacts of three references, to on or before 30th June 2023.
  2. The email subject line MUST include the position title and Location being applied for e.g., “COHO- Homabay”
  3. Canvassing of any nature will lead to automatic disqualification.