Position Title: Dental Hygienist Reports To: Practice Manager
Status: Hourly, Full-time
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Sitting standing and walking for long periods.
Tolerating moderate noise levels from dental and other office equipment. Being comfortable in a
medical office/lab setting.
Excel in keyboard skills.
Maintain productivity and professionalism in stressful situation.
Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
Ability to bending, twist, and position changes in order to examine and service patients.
Exceptional hand eye coordination, control, and finger dexterity in order to use dental implements for
exams, mixing and/or placing materials on dental tools, products, and in mouths, and grasp, manipulate,
or assemble very small objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness—the ability to keep hands and arms steady while moving or holding arm and hand
in one position.
Near vision- the ability to see details at close range.
Manual Dexterity—the ability to quickly move the hand, the hand together with the arm, or two hands
to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Frequent client and interoffice personnel interaction as this position is chair-side to dentist and heavily
dependent on excellent customer interaction.
Near Vision—the ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
Active Learning—understanding the implications of new information for both current and future
problem-solving and decision-making.
Must demonstrate excellent communication skills—talking to others to convey information effectively.
The Dental Hygienist is the chief preventive provider of the Practice. This team member motivates, educates,
and provides excellent treatment. Under indirect supervision, the Dental Hygienist will remove hard and soft
deposits from teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. This individual will educate
patients on oral hygiene, provide preventive dental care, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
By discovering and documenting areas of failure, both periodontally and restoratively, this individual facilitates
the dentist’s diagnosis and treatment recommendations
Welcome and seat patient cheerfully.
Prepare and properly set up treatment rooms for hygiene procedures.
Review and update patient’s health history; chart progress, treatments, and home care compliance.
Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental
instruments, including scaling and root planning for patients with periodontal disease
Apply fluorides and other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
Assess and evaluate patient through exam, patient records, and patient’s medical history to assist in
diagnosis of dental hygiene problems, disease, and efficacy of administered treatment plans. Complete
Recognize early signs of periodontal disease; chart restorations and record areas of concern.
Develop and present treatment plans.
Capture x-rays, process, and download for doctor to view; be able to interpret x-rays independently.
Perform head, neck, and oral cancer exam.
Use probes to examine gums to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
Communicate findings to patient and doctor.
Select, mix, and place materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth, as needed.
Educate and motivate patient on proper oral hygiene and corrective/preventive measures.
Work chair side with Dentist as needed, assisting him or her in hygiene examination.
Schedule appropriate future appointments.
Assist in sterilization duties.
Maintain hygiene hand pieces and instruments in good repair and sufficient supply.
Adhere to strict safety guidelines and procedures to OSHA and office standards.
Always represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and cooperative manner.
Maintain regular attendance and adhere to assigned work schedule and office policies.
Comfortably and efficiently handle multiple deadlines and task assignments.
Work both independently and cooperatively in team settings displaying exceptional skill in time
management in order to set and maintain own and subordinate procedure and task schedules.
Always maintain the highest level of confidentiality to HIPAA standards.
Maintain a professional demeanor and attitude while working around blood and unpleasant smells.
Be willing to participate in continuing education or seminars.
Other duties and tasks, as assigned periodically.
Participate in morning meeting and provide information regarding new patients for the day.
Use downtime constructively.
Present in a clean, well-groomed, and professional manner.
Adhere to office policies.
Perform light housekeeping around office.
Must be detail oriented in order to work efficiently in small spaces and maintain patient comfort.
Must be flexible and understand that job duties may change from time to time and that this individual
may be asked to assist in other areas of the office.
Must excel in forward thinking in order to anticipate the needs of the patient.
Must demonstrate active listening by giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time
to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at
Must demonstrate good reading comprehension.
Problem Sensitivity—the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
Ability to quickly write detailed information in a readable, legible, condensed form.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Associate's Degree from ADA accredited dental hygienist school.
Current State Licensure.
Preferred one-year dental experience.
Offer of this position will be contingent upon successful completion of background check and review of Office
of Inspector General to search against the exclusion data base.