In state facilities this class is accountable for providing direct clinical dental hygiene services to clients.
Works under the general supervision of a Dentist or other employee of higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs clinical dental services including dental prophylaxis, facial and oral tissue exams;
Participates in oral cancer exams, topical fluoride treatments, and blood pressure evaluations;
Takes and processes radiographs;
Screens clients for systemic disease which may appear in oral cavity;
Conducts dental health assessments;
Develops and implements dental hygiene care plans;
Provides admission and discharge dental hygiene assessments including plans for continuing care;
Assures that dental hygiene care programs carried out thoroughly to meet schedules;
Consults with and makes recommendations to dentist concerning dental health needs;
Provides limited and informal training to aide staff with regard to signs and symptoms of dental disease, dysfunction, injury and prevention of same;
Develops and implements educational programs for clients with regard to personal oral hygiene;
Performs limited nutritional counseling;
Attends meetings and reports on dental problems;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of the principles and practices of dental hygiene;
oral and written communication skills;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a two (2) year program in dental hygiene from an institution approved by the Dental Commission.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Connecticut.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions, communicable diseases, and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(21)-Medical, Dental, Veterinary Medicine
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Dental Hygienist (40 Hour) in Salary Group FP 17 approved effective July 1, 2001. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-183