Position Title: Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Employee Status: Non Exempt
Reports to: Practice Manager (QB)
First and foremost, a dental hygienist is a dental care provider. While their technical skills are important, developing patient relationships and patient education are the most crucial intangibles of this position. Furthermore, they assist the dentist with diagnoses and treatment planning of individualized patient care. They must also be responsible for sterilizing instruments and doing other day to day office tasks.
To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty to meet the standard of the doctor. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Graduation from an accredited hygiene program. Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene required. Hygienist must hold current state hygiene license in good standing.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:
State Hygiene License, Radiation Certification, CPR certification.
Can competently perform the clinical and technical dental procedures required of a Dental Hygienist. Can take quality x-rays, including FMX, Panoramic, and anterior PA’s. Thorough understanding of cross-contamination and how to prevent it. Keeps informed and updated on OSHA regulations.
Is proficient with dental equipment and computer software used by the practice.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by and employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While preforming this job, the employee is required to do detailed work, using arms, hands, and fingers to handle and feel objects worked with. The employee intermittently is required to either sit, stand walk, stoop, bend, or reach throughout the day. Good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity is needed. Specific
vision abilities include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be physically able to administer CPR and First Aid. The employee may have to physically assist drowsy patients after anesthesia. The employee may have to lift up to 25lbs. (When required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of radiation. The noise level is usually moderate. Since everyone within the practice works on a time schedule governed by patient’s appointments, the work and general environment can become somewhat hectic at times. Therefore, it is essential that the employee is able to, both physically and emotionally, effectively handle the normal anxieties associated with the job.
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of dentistry
- Maintain state dental license in good standing
- Comply with state CE rules and regulations
- Maintain DEA licenses-both federal and state in good standing
- Is self-directed and able to stay on task.
- Maintain a clean and uncluttered work environment
- Has a dependable job attendance
- Write clearly, concisely, logically, and legibly
- Demonstrate accuracy in spelling and basic math
- Speak, understand, and write grammatically correct English
- Demonstrate exceptional human relation skills and a desire to work with the public
- Have a positive attitude about the practice, services provided, and products sold
- Is organized, motivated and committed to the success of the practice
- Attend and contribute to team huddles, meetings, and training sessions
- Track office statistics using FDH website and reporting tools
- Answer questions from patients and team members cheerfully
- Maintain an outgoing, friendly attitude with team members at all times
- Greet patients with a smile as welcomed guests to the practice
- Focus conversations on dentistry and company goals, avoiding personal problems or gossip
- Educate patients regarding their dental health at every opportunity
- Promote patient treatment plans and encourage patient to begin treatment
- Review and manage the Unscheduled List as directed by the Practice Manager
- Dress according to corporate policy by wearing provided uniforms.
- Maintain a professional demeanor at all times
- Can accept constructive criticism
- Perform all other duties as assigned in accordance with the values and vision of Family Dental Health
- Ask each patient for a referral
- Maintain patient comfort and be sensitive to patient’s real or imagined fear of being alone in the treatment room
- Perform quality dentistry and maintain the highest standards of care
- Stay informed of research based dental services, materials and equipment
- Stay informed of research based products, services and treatments of periodontal procedures
- Keep instruments sharpened
- Use gloves, mask, eyewear, and lab coat with every patient
- Sterilize hygiene instruments and operative instruments
- Follow through with oral hygiene procedures in accordance with treatment plans prescribed by the attending Dentist
- Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
- Placement of Locally Applied Antibiotics
- Application of Fluoride Treatments
- Application of Protective Sealants
- Completion of In-office or Take Home Whitening
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Inform Dentist(s) of possible restorative concerns for further examination.
- Evaluate overall oral health – examine oral cavity for signs of periodontal disease or possible cancers, including sores, recessed & bleeding gums, and oral lesions.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and changes will be made as necessary. Duties assigned that are not included in this job description should also be carried out. Please keep in mind the success of the practice depends on everyone working together as a team.
FDH is growing all thanks to our loyal patients, and now we need warm, upbeat, friendly, hardworking, task-oriented team players to join our family! Think you might be a fit? Check out just a few of our perks below!
- 6 Weeks of Paid Time Off
- Competitive Salary
- Full Benefit Package (includes 100% paid employee health insurance)
- Company Sponsored Trips (to places like Hawaii- yes, we said Hawaii)
- Company Parties Throughout the Year
- Additional Incentives for Meeting Goals