The Dental Hygienist position provides dental hygiene care that not only provides proficiency in the technical aspects of dental care but also provides a thoughtful approach to educating patients about the importance of a healthy smile. This position puts patients at ease while practicing and performing excellent hygiene techniques including assessing oral health conditions, applying sealants and fluorides, utilizing appropriate cleaning techniques, taking and recording dental digital radiographs and providing exceptional patient education. The Dental Hygienist also actively strives to ensure patients schedule appropriate follow up appointments.


  • Provide superior patient care and customer service by making the patient the #1 priority
  • Exhibit outstanding customer service and hospitality as well as a comforting chair side manner
  • Practice servant leadership; lead by example; exercise good team work; have mutual respect for all team members; partner with the team to create an exceptional experience for patient
  • Stay on schedule as much as possible with the goal of creating “no patient wait times” while helping manage overall office patient flow
  • Maintain time flexibility for all patients; be present, engaged, ready to work at all assigned shift times. Educate patients on oral hygiene/health/disease as well as procedures and services offered while establishing a continued care relationship
  • Screen and assess oral health conditions for all new patients and recall patients
  • Verify patient health history (review basic health status, medications and understand the impact with dentistry) and document appropriately in patient’s chart
  • Thoroughly and efficiently perform clinical hygiene functions including but not limited to exposing/evaluating diagnostic radiographs, taking and recording blood pressure, adult/child prophylaxis, non-surgical periodontal therapy and co-assessing possible restorative treatments with the doctor. Complete periodontal charting per guidelines
  • Accurately enter hygiene and doctor treatment plans
  • Present hygiene treatment plans to the patient
  • Use all patient education materials (ex. iPad) on a consistent basis to ensure case acceptance
  • Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain optimal oral health (ex. toothbrushing, flossing, nutritional counseling)
  • Place locally applied antimicrobials when prescribed by the doctor
  • Place sealants/perform coronal polishing
  • Use intraoral camera
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Offer fluoride treatment to all patients
  • Non-surgical periodontal therapy (scaling/root planing)
  • Maintain accurate and timely notes in patient’s chart
  • Clean and prepare operatory per OSHA guidelines prior to patient appointment
  • Assist other team members, including front office responsibilities and general office duties

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