Promotes dental health by completing dental prophylaxis; providing oral cancer
screening and radiographic studies; charting conditions of decay and disease;
performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act.
Dental Hygienist Job Duties:
Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and
Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing,
and draping patient.
Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and
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
recession; exposing and developing radiographic studies.
Arrests dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity- preventing
Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating
restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances; placing, carving, and
finishing amalgam restorations; removing 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
Educates patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and
postoperative instructions; providing reminders of time of next dental hygiene
Documents dental hygiene services by recording vital signs and medical and
dental histories; charting in patient records.
Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information
Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures,
rules, and regulations.
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies
Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance
requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting
calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment
Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory
level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies;
verifying receipt of supplies.
Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to
accomplish job results.
Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational
workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks;
participating in professional societies.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Dental Hygienist Skills and Qualifications:
Use of Dentrix, Dexis, Infection Control, Health Promotion and Maintenance,
Manner, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Listening, Teamwork,
Medication, Thoroughness, Self-Development