Dental Hygienist Job Description

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Dental Hygienist Job Description

 

Job Title: Dental Hygienist

 

Introduction:

 

A dental hygienist is responsible for maintaining and promoting good oral health by examining patients' teeth and gums, removing tartar, stains, and plaque, and educating patients on proper dental care techniques. They also work alongside dentists and dental assistants to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

- Examine patients' teeth and gums to identify any dental issues or signs of gum disease

- Clean and polish teeth, removing tartar, stains, and plaque

- Take and develop dental X-rays

- Administer local anesthetics and nitrous oxide as needed

- Apply fluoride treatments and dental sealants to protect teeth from decay

- Develop and implement individualized treatment plans for each patient

- Educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques and provide recommendations for at-home care

- Record patient information and treatment plans in patient charts

- Assist the dentist during dental procedures, including preparing and sterilizing equipment and instruments

- Maintain and order dental supplies and equipment as needed

- Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in dental hygiene and attend continuing education courses as required

 

Qualifications:

 

- Associate's or Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from an accredited program

- State licensure as a dental hygienist

- Current CPR certification

- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with patients of all ages

- Detail-oriented and able to maintain accurate patient records

- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

- Good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination

- Knowledge of dental terminology, procedures, and equipment

- Ability to stay up-to-date with new technologies and techniques in dental hygiene

 

Physical Demands:

 

- Ability to stand for long periods of time

- Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination

- Ability to lift and move equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds

- Good vision and depth perception for working with dental instruments

- Ability to wear protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and safety glasses