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Jun 29, 2021
Dental Hygienist - 00053363 Part-Time Permanent Department Description The Division of Comprehensive Oral Health houses several disciplines including, Periodontology, Dental Hygiene, Comprehensive Dentistry, Operative Dentistry/ BioMaterials, Prosthodontics, and Endodontics. The Division Chair and vice-chair manage the operating procedures for the entire division. The Division of Comprehensive Oral Health consists of full-time faculty, part-time faculty, phased retired faculty and adjunct faculty; full-time and part-time staff; DDS, MSc and PhD students; clinical/research fellows and visiting scholars. The Division of Comprehensive Oral Health balances teaching, scholarship, patient care, research and professional service activities. Position Description The Dental Hygienist is a primary care oral health professional, licensed in dental hygiene to provide education, assessment, research, administrative, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services that support overall health through the promotion of optimal oral health. The Dental Hygienist will support the Division of Comprehensive Oral Health (COH) clinics, to include Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Operative, General Dentistry, and (primarily) the Dental Faculty Practice. Dental hygienists work in partnership with all members of the dental team. Dentists and dental hygienists practice together as colleagues, each offering professional expertise for the goal of providing optimum oral health care to the public. The distinct roles of the dental hygienist and dentist complement and augment the effectiveness of each professional and contribute to a collaborative environment. The Dental Hygienist performs exams and preventive/maintenance care for patients. Performs scaling and root planning, periodontal maintenance and prophylactic procedures; instructs patients in oral home care, including hygiene methods for daily cleaning of the teeth. Assists the dentists when examining the patient and collaborates on optimal care to manage the patient’s disease. Other responsibilities include record keeping, charting, and schedule coordination associated with treating patients. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Licensed to practice as a Dental Hygienist in the State of North Carolina. Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Candidate must have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices and regulations governing general dental hygiene, patient care protocols, medical guidelines, clinical procedures in general dental hygiene and patient care management. Candidate must have ability to apply continual learning of new clinical treatments, techniques, and technologies in the field of dental hygiene and ability to perform general and specialized patient services consistent with the Dental Hygiene Practice Act. Ability to make appropriate referrals and completes charting. Ability to educate the patient in proper oral hygiene and alternative treatment methods. Ability to discuss alternative treatments with other dental professional. Ability to apply knowledge of educational theory and techniques in the field of dental health. Ability to communicate both verbally and written in executing responsibilities and dealing with patients, faculty, and staff. Preferred Qualifications Bachelor’s or Master’s in Dental Hygiene. At least 3 years of experience in dental hygiene. At least 2 years of experience in treating patients with periodontal disease. Required Licenses/Certifications Valid North Carolina Dental Hygiene licensure Special Physical and Mental Requirements The Dental Hygienist is expected to stand and/or sit for an extended period of time with or without accommodation. Mental concentration for patient treatment and precise handling of dental instruments is essential. Position/Schedule Requirements Clinic – UNCH or ACC, Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Patient care involved, Rotating shifts, Shift work Please apply online at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/192880 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.