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Dental Hygienist

Job Title:         Dental Hygienist

Department:  Dental Clinic

Reports To:     Dental Manager

Status:             Full-Time 1.0/40hrs   


Primary Purpose: Under supervision, the dental hygienist provides a wide range of screening procedures and dental support services.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administers prophylactic treatment by scaling and polishing of teeth.

  • Documents area of existing restorations and notable areas of possible decay and disease for dentist’s review.

  • Oversight of instrument sterilization, and oversight of competency of peers running sterilization processes.

  • Takes x-rays to determine extent of any decay/disease.

  • Administers fluoride treatment as needed.

  • Updates medical history of patient, highlighting significant information for dentist’s review.

  • Instructs patients in oral hygiene techniques, answering specific questions and providing other relevant educational information.

  • Practices universal precautions and other sterilization/infection control procedures.

  • Maintenance of equipment.

  • Provides associated administrative support, including maintaining patient documentation, patient communication and other record-keeping.

  • Performs related duties as required.


 Physical Requirements:

  • Able to stand for an extended period.

  • Good eyesight.

  • Able to sit for an extended period.

  • Occasional bending, stooping, reaching, and lifting.


Communication Demands:

  • Strong communication skills – communicate directly, clearly, and effectively with patients, employees, and manager.

  • Possess a positive attitude and willingness to work with others.

  • Identify and resolve specific issues in conjunction with the dental manager.

  • Speaks clearly and effectively.


  • Strong communication skills.

  • Possess a friendly and professional demeanor within a work environment.            

  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment.

  • Carry out assignments to completion within a parameter of given instructions.

  • Prescribed routines and standard acceptable practice



  • Degree in Dental Hygiene.

  • Certification in administration of local anesthesia.



  • 1-year of Dental office experience (preferred)


The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification.  It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required doing this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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