St. Barnabas Dental (Beaver office) is seeking a Part-Time Dental Hygienist to initially cover a maternity leave period for one of our current hygienists.
Start Date: May 8, 2023
End Date: August 31, 2023
Three days Per Week
Mondays: 8:30 to 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:30 to 5:00PM
Wednesday or Thursday: 6:30 to 2:00PM
*Position Title: Registered Dental Hygienist*
*Reports To:* The Registered Dental Hygienist works under the Employer’s on-site Dentist.
The RDH is in a special position to provide our patients the most important health service possible. The hygienist assists the dentist in providing oral health to patients by cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth. Takes and processes X-rays. Records evaluation of mouth conditions and extent of prophylaxis on dental chart to provide dentist with information for more complete diagnoses and subsequent treatment if needed. Provides the patient with ongoing preventive oral care through patient education, treatment and reinforcement of the doctor's treatment plan. Adheres to all required OSHA and health regulations.
To perform this job successfully, the RDH must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Keeps informed and updated on OSHA regulations. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
*Education and Experience:*
High school diploma or equivalent. RDH certification or 4 yr. Degree. This position requires 1 year of experience as hygienist. Knows how to administer CPR and first aid.
*Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:*
Valid X-ray certificate, current RDH license, CPR certificate.
Scaling and root planing, appropriate use of Cavitron, Radiographic skills.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to do detailed work, using arms, hands, and fingers to handle and feel object worked with. The employee intermittently is required to 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.
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.
Is able to “get along” well with fellow employees. Treats all with respect and courtesy
Can work well in teams of co-workers
Can accept constructive criticism
Has a desire and ability to work well with the public
Is organized, motivated, committed and self-directed
Has a positive attitude about the practice, the services provided and the products sold
Ability to communicate - expresses thoughts and ideas competently
Speaks and writes grammatically correct English
Increases knowledge and skills through self-study and by attending courses and seminars
Able to understand relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities
Maintains a professional demeanor in stressful situations
Ability to complete tasks within a specific time frame
Considers patients comfort an important priority
Has dependable job attendance and can be relied on to follow through with assigned tasks
*Essential Duties and Responsibilities:*
Greet and seat patients.
Take x-rays, develop, and mount, if necessary.
Evaluate gingival health and health of all oral tissue.
Perform oral cancer exam.
Take blood pressure.
Classify patient's periodontal condition.
Scale, polish, and apply fluoride.
Do root scaling and root planing.
Do Perio probe and chart.
Recommend perio consultation; refer out to specialists.
Application of pit and fissure sealants.
Application of non-aerosol and non-caustic topical agents.
Remove cement excess from subgingival surfaces of tooth.
Explain disease process and the role of bacteria in caries and periodontal health
Provide appropriate educational literature
Provide instruction on home care
Recommend intra-oral aids
Evaluate hygiene booklets for patient distribution
Explain prevention to patients and parents of small children
Reflect and reinforce the doctor's philosophy
Recording Patient Information:
Update medical history and screen for potential problems every six months, or after a three-year absence.
Chart lesions, existing restorations, and missing teeth.
Classify periodontal conditions and occlusal relations.
Charge out completed treatment.
Counsel patients for case acceptance.
Inform doctor of any special problems with oral hygiene.
Assist doctor during clinical exam and record findings and recommendations.
Record treatment rendered on patient's chart and initial.
Communicate to the front office: length of time needed for patient's next appointment or recall; when to schedule; what will be done (record on chart and code).
Turn on equipment in the morning and off at night.
Set up treatment rooms for each patient.
Seat and dismiss hygiene patients.
Manage supplies, instruments, and the state of treatment rooms.
Disinfect patient chair, cuspidor, and counter tops.
Maintain the cleanliness of hygiene room and the functions of the equipment.
Clean, sterilize, and set up instruments.
Restock hygiene room.
Clean and lubricate handpieces.
Call patients who are overdue for recall.
Help clinical assistant if needed.
Assist and support the doctor in clinical treatment of patients.
Call patient if late for appointment.
Help fill schedule.
Trash removal in treatment areas and treatment support areas.
Part time Mid-May through the end of August. Could develop into a more permanent role. We will consider those that can do the entire time frame or just some days here and there.