$26.79-$35.74 Hourly / $1,874.99-$2,501.46 BiWeekly /
In state facilities this class is accountable for providing clinical dental hygiene services, including dental health assessments of individuals, training of individuals and staff in the implementation of dental health care plans, and providing consultation.
This class is used in the following ways:
Functionally supervises the implementation of a dental hygiene program, which includes the instruction, follow up and monitoring of all staff members involved with the oral hygiene care of individuals.
Performs clinical dental services including dental prophylaxis, facial and oral tissue exams, oral cancer exams, topical fluoride treatments, blood pressure evaluations, taking and processing radiographs, charting abnormalities, screening patients for systemic diseases which may appear in the 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; does nutritional counseling; reviews diets and nutritional needs of individuals; provides functional supervision of staff members involved in dental care of individuals, which includes creation of an awareness among staff of signs and symptoms of dental diseases and procedures for prevention of same, showing ward staff how to maintain oral health of individuals who cannot care for themselves, and providing centralized inservice dental education and training to individuals and staff; implements dental care programs, and sets goals to meet needs of each individual; consults with and makes recommendations to dentist concerning dental health needs; investigates problems arising from dental care programs as relayed by staff or departments; maintains dental records and recall system to assure individuals treated regularly; assures dental care services comply with ICF regulations; provides dental hygiene input into interdisciplinary health care plans and individual individual programs; performs related duties as required.
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of dental hygiene, dental hygiene administration and dynamics of behavior, particularly the behavior of difficult and multi-handicapped individuals; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills.
Two (2) years of experience as a dental hygienist in a state facility or in practice with difficult or multi-handicapped individuals.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions, communicable diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Dental Hygienist 2 in Salary Group HC 17 approved effective July 1, 2001. (Revised to reflect Agency language change)