Dental Hygienist

Job Summary

The dental hygienist is responsible for performing direct patient care for dental cleanings; in addition the position details patient history, performs patient education, and performs dental assistant duties as needed.

Qualifications

Appropriate academic training; license from Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Representative Job Duties

  • Assess dental needs of patient, using screening procedures including medical history review, dental charting, and perio charting.  Takes vital signs as required.
  • Delivers direct patient care according to procedures; performs cleaning, polishing, x-rays, application of sealants, fluorides, and other routine procedures.
  • Provides chair-side assistance to dentist in the performance of special tests, procedures, and complex treatment.
  • Makes impression of patient’s teeth for study casts.
  • Develops and implements individualized dental care plans to patients.
  • Performs patient education, discharge planning, and patient/family teaching under the supervision of a qualified dentist.
  • Documents dental history of chief complaint; records and reports pertinent observations and patient’s reactions to dental staff as appropriate.
  • Assists with or institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse developments during the treatment of patients.
  • Analyzes records in terms of protocols and state and federal regulations.  Ability to set up and prepare dental equipment and instrumentation in accordance to established regulations and guidelines.
  • Involved in Center’s patient quality and safety practices.  Participates in QI projects.  Identifies problems and makes suggestions for improvements.
  • Assists in the education and supervision of dental hygiene students, as outlined by clinical affiliation agreements.
  • Evaluates patient schedule daily and works closely with the front desk (PSA’s) to make sure appointments are filled.
  • Assists with infection control and sterilization, and prepares patient treatment rooms.
  • Performs all delegable tasks under the supervision of the dentist, as outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Dentistry.
  • Assumes other duties as required.

 

Competitive benefits package.  Generous tuition assistance after 1 year of service.

Please send resumes to:

Email | hr@sbchc.org