The Salvation Army

Dental Hygienist

Job Locations US-PA-Oil City
Job ID
2021-7943
Category
Human Resources
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. The hygienist examines patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities. Dental hygienists use an assortment of tools to complete their tasks. Hand and rotary instruments and ultrasonic devices are used to clean and polish teeth, including removal of calculus, stains, and plaque. Hygienists use x-ray machines to produce clear x-ray images. They may use models of teeth to explain oral hygiene, perform root planning as a periodontal therapy and apply cavity-preventative agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants. Hygienists may be required to place and carve filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings; remove sutures; and smooth and polish metal restorations. 

 

Hygienists also help patients develop and maintain good oral health through education, such as explaining the relationship between diet and oral health or informing patients how to select toothbrushes and demonstrate how to properly brush and floss teeth.

 

With instruction and supervision, hygienists may prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret and sometimes work chair side with the dentist during treatment.

Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates application of related theory and principles and is knowledgeable of instrument uses.
  • Reliably and accurately completes work, uses appropriate techniques for each patient’s condition (as evaluated by the attending dentist).
  • Demonstrates proper sterilization and infection control procedures.
  • Set-up trays with appropriate instruments prior to patient arrival.
  • Familiar with equipment function and maintenance including changing traps, cold sterilization, washing jackets (uniforms), bio-hazard trash disposal, and cleaning water systems on scheduled days.
  • Updates patient charts properly including notes about homecare, behavior, and orthodontics.
  • Applies fluoride to teeth.
  • Assists with x-ray, sterilization and charting during peak times.
  • Maintains orderly patient flow in bay area.
  • Follows Asepsis Procedures with respect to barriers, masks, gloves, jackets, protective eyewear, and hazardous waste.
  • Displays appropriate patient management skills.

Qualifications

  • Applicant for this position must be a graduate of a program for the clinical practice of dental hygiene at a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Applicant must be licensed or capable of being licensed as a Dental Hygienist in the State of PA and hold a current X-ray certificate in PA.
  • Current certification as a Public Health Hygienist is highly desirable.
  • All required PA Clearances must be reviewed and approved by HR prior to employment and renewed as necessary:
    • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
    • PA Criminal Background Check
    • Federal Fingerprint criminal history check
  • PA Mandated and Permissive Reporting

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