Generic Job Description - Dental Hygienist

PED Number: 
Dental Hygienist
Sub Group:
Job Summary: 
Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, performs technical duties related to dental hygiene for clinical, research or teaching purposes. Assigns patients. Assists staff and students in treatment of patients. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Maintains equipment. Maintains records.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Carries out preliminary examination of patients. Provides preventive and curative care as prescribed. Provides information concerning oral hygiene procedures, post-operative care and other health services.

2. Analyzes patient files. Assigns patients to students and updates recall system.

3. Takes and develops radiographs and photographs.

4. Prepares and sterilizes instruments and materials. Assists staff and students in treatment and surgery of patients.

5. Acts as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others. Provides technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment and techniques, and treatment protocols. Participates in technical evaluation of students.

6. Collaborates with unit supervisor and makes recommendations concerning equipment, work methods, and effective procedures to ensure the efficient and optimal use of equipment. Maintains computerized information systems and participates in their development to improve efficiency within the unit.

7. Ensures compliance with safety regulations in the use of equipment. Ensures proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

8. Maintains equipment and performs minor repairs. Arranges for servicing.

9. Maintains inventory. Recommends and purchases equipment and material.

10. Maintains records and files. Prepares reports.

11. Keeps abreast of new developments in the field to update skills and knowledge.

12. The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks, which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.
Education and Experience: 
DEC III (Dental Hygiene)
Two (2) years' related experience