Posted on: January 15, 2022
Dental Hygienist Job Responsibilities:
Promotes dental health by completing dental prophylaxis, providing
oral cancer screening and radiographic studies, charting conditions
of decay and disease, and performing procedures in compliance with
the Dental Practice Act.
- Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed
procedures and protocols.
- Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming,
soothing, seating, and draping patient.
- Provides information to patients and employees by answering
questions and requests.
- Maintains instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by
sharpening, sterilizing, and selecting instruments.
- Selects materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by
evaluating patient's oral health.
- Completes dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains
from teeth and from beneath gum margins.
- Detects disease by completing oral cancer screening; feeling
and visually examining gums, using probes to locate periodontal
disease and to assess levels of recession and exposing and
developing radiographic studies.
- Arrests dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity-
- Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by
fabricating temporary restorations, cleaning, and polishing
- Places, carves, and finishes amalgam restorations.
- Removes cement from crowns and bridges.
- Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by
maintaining CPR certification, emergency drugs and oxygen supply,
and directory of emergency numbers.
- Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control
instructions and postoperative instructions and providing reminders
of time of next dental hygiene visit.
- Documents dental hygiene services by recording vital signs and
medical and dental histories and charting in patient records.
- Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with
procedures, rules, and regulations.
- Protects patients and employees by adhering to
infection-control policies and protocols.
- Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventive
maintenance requirements, following manufacturer's instructions,
troubleshooting malfunctions, and calling for repairs, maintaining
equipment inventories, and evaluating new equipment and
- Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to
determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies, placing
and expediting orders for supplies, and verifying receipt of
- Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as
needed to accomplish job results.Dental Hygienist Qualifications /
Use of dental technology
- Dental health maintenance
- Infection control
- Health promotion and maintenance
- Bedside manner
- Creating a safe, effective environment
- Administering medication
- Self-developmentEducation, Experience, and Licensing
Bachelor's degree preferred
- State-registered Dental Hygienist
- 1+ years in a dental office
- Experience with EMR (electronic medical records), medical
terminology a plus
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