An incumbent in this class provides oral health education and clinical preventative services in non-traditional community setting, dental clinic attached to a skilled nursing facility.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent reports to a technical supervisor. Work includes assisting in patient oral health management by providing oral hygiene and appropriate preventative services to dental patients in non-traditional community settings and/or clinics. The Registered Dental Hygienist provides comprehensive therapeutic oral care and preventative oral health education to patients with diverse backgrounds.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Provides clinical oral hygiene services including but not limited to dental prophylaxis, scaling, sealant application, fluoride application, x-rays, and dental impressions.
Conducts initial mouth screening, checks oral health history and conducts oral cancer screenings.
Maintains patient documentation, paper charts and electronic dental records. Records patient-hygienist transactions so that the dental record accurately reflects the nature of the contact and the care or treatment provided.
Provides preventative oral health education to patients either in person or virtually.
Assists the Dentist with appropriate treatments and performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by a dentist in accordance with state regulations and law.
Sterilizes dental equipment in accordance with established guidelines and procedures.
Maintains the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Log.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of oral hygiene care.
Knowledge of dental equipment sterilization guidelines and procedures.
Knowledge of OSHA and CDC requirements and recommendations.
Knowledge of use and care of hand instruments, dental equipment and the appropriate use of dental materials.
Knowledge of federal, state and local rules and regulations.
Knowledge of current developments in the field of dental hygiene.
Skill in providing excellent customer service and support to patients.
Skill in organizing and prioritizing workload.
Ability to interact effectively and professionally with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to work effectively with managers, co-workers, patients, and professional groups.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of patient information.
Ability to maintain accurate patient records.
Ability to educate individuals regarding preventative oral health care.
Ability to comply with Federal and State regulations regarding skilled nursing facilities.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Dental Hygienist
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating
competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Delaware Dental Hygienist License or eligibility for a Delaware license.
Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).