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Dental Hygienist

Job Summary:

The Dental Hygienist will clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. The position also educates patients on oral hygiene, takes and develops x-rays, and applies fluoride or sealants.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.


  • Cleans calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums using dental instruments.
  • Examines gums using probes to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease. Feels lymph nodes under patients chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate the presence of oral cancer.
  • Applies fluorides or other cavity-preventing agents to arrest dental decay.

  • Exposes and develops x-ray film.
  • Records and reviews patient medical histories. Charts conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Maintains dental equipment and sharpens and sterilizes dental instruments.
  • Provides clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of general principles of dentistry and advanced knowledge of dental hygiene.

  • Strong customer service skills.

Education and Experience:

  • Associates degree or the successful completion of a recognized vocational program in dental hygiene.
  • State license required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of standing, leaning and bending.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


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