Registered Dental Hygienist

Essential Functions: 
  • Uses learned dental hygienist practice, theories, and principles to provide direct services to individuals, families, and community environment in the Community Health Center.
  • Performs a complete dental prophylactic service that includes an exam, cleaning, appropriate x-rays, fluoride treatment and oral hygiene instruction.
  • Administers approved various prevention treatments such as sealants to tooth surfaces.
  • Examines oral structures for evidence of disease and reports suspicious findings to the dentist.
  • Documents and records all procedures performed including date, services provided, clinical information and determines the time for the next visit.
  • Collects preliminary data such as necessary x-rays, full-mouth periodontal charting and oral cancer screening.
  • Reviews and updates the patient’s health history, dental history, and dental charting at each visit.
  • Prepares patient room by sterilizing hygiene and operative instruments, keeping the instruments sharpened, disinfecting the room and equipment after each patient, making sure that the room is stocked and placing barriers on equipment in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
  • Implements and follows the Dentist’s recommendations for the patient’s treatment plan.
  • Educates the patients as to the condition of their oral health, their option for treatment, consequences of treating or not treating and provides home care instructions including alternatives for diet.
  • Work with the public, exhibiting courteous behavior, non-judgmental attitude, being culturally aware and maintaining client confidentiality.
  • Renders soft tissue management such as scaling, root planning, incidental curettage, sub gingival irrigation, gingival massage, and application of prescribed mendicants.
  • Develops a personalized homecare program for all periodontal patients.
  • May assist in training new employees.
  • May perform basic office tasks such as filing, checking-in and checking-out patients in the computer, calling patients, scheduling appointments and other office duties in the Community Health Center.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relations with employees, patients, representative of government and community officials, service providers and the general public.
  • Illinois Dental Hygienist License (Required)

Job-Type: Full-time, Day Shift with no nights

Pay: $26.48/hour