Dental Hygienist Job Description

A dental hygienist is a professional who gives dental treatments and preventive oral care.

They often work with dentists and are trained to perform duties such as assessing a patient's oral health, taking dental x-rays, and teaching patients how to properly care for their teeth.

Dentists will also sometimes refer to dental hygienists as dental assistants and assistants in other dental office roles.

In the United States, dental hygienists must complete a minimum of two years of post-secondary education at a college or university, and must also pass the national board exam given by the Dental Hygiene Board of California.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation may also provide accreditation to programs of dental hygiene.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for Dental Hygienist to join our team! We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, and our office is modern and state-of-the-art. We're looking for a talented and passionate hygienist who is looking for a long-term career opportunity.

Dental Hygienist Duties:

  • Supervise/assist in dental hygiene procedures, including taking and developing x-rays, and preparing patients for appointments
  • Provide information about proper oral hygiene to patients
  • Perform treatment on patients, including preventive and restorative procedures
  • Proactively evaluate progress and effectiveness of patients’ treatment
  • Provide information on dental hygiene to office manager, patients, and general public
  • Maintain and update patient records
  • Provide instruction to dental laboratory technicians regarding proper techniques
  • Coordinate scheduling for patients
  • Oversee reception staff and office operations

Dental Hygienist Responsibilities:

  • Provides a social, preventive and educational service
  • Examines oral cavities for abnormalities and signs of disease
  • Dentists may also remove plaque and tartar from teeth
  • Performs routine dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants
  • Completes exams, x-rays, and other patient history-taking procedures
  • Applies topical fluorides to patients
  • Dentists provide dental care and prophylaxis to children aged 0-5 years, including developing oral health plans, assessing diet, and educating parents
  • Performs other tasks as necessary

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene or related fields
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Ability to confidently present and communicate to patient, clinicians, and the community
  • Strong United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food safety practices

We at [Company Name] believe that diversity is key to success. We are therefore proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a team that is inclusive of people from all walks of life. We welcome applications from everyone, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression or age. We also encourage applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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