Dental Hygienist

Dentist Concord, NC

Dental Hygienist – Detailed Job Description

Job Title: Dental Hygienist

Reports to: Dentist

Vision of Practice: Empathy for our patients, providing the attention to detail to achieve excellence in our care for our patients

Vision/Ideal Outcomes of Position: The clinical hygienist is the best friend of all our patients. S/he provides the interpersonal relationships, education, and listening qualities that generate happy and loyal patients throughout the years. S/he provides a calm and warm environment for the patients and explains the treatment plan prescribed by the dentist to patients, reiterating the need to start treatment care as soon as possible. S/he educates the patients using visual tools, videos, and intra-oral camera pictures to alleviate their fears and concerns.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • Relationship building
  • Influencing and marketing
  • Excellent clinical skills in prophylaxis, periodontal treatments, local antibiotics administration, scaling and root planing, oraquix local anesthetic applications, sealants, alginate impressions
  • Computers including digital radiographs, cone beam imaging, and practice management software
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Verbal communication with patients and staff
  • Understanding of practice philosophy and systems
  • Self-direction
  • Creative problem solving
  • Organized charting
  • Clinical duties
  • Familiarity with instruments and procedures
  • Standards for disinfection and sterilization
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Scheduling and financial systems

Key performance standards/statistics:

  • Daily, Monthly, and Yearly Production goals achieved
  • Support of overall goals and strategies
  • Efficient procedure completion
  • Effective debriefs and handoffs to Appointment and Financial Coordinator
  • Dental supply within plan
  • Room turnover rate within plan
  • 85% case acceptance for significant treatment
  • Referrals and testimonials leading to new patients
  • Positive patient reviews
  • Continuing Care Compliance

Duties

Job Specific:

  • Administer prophylaxis, periodontal treatments, antibiotics like arestin with scaling and root planing, sealants placement, fluoride treatment
  • Digital radiographs
  • Assist dentist with initial interview and comprehensive clinical examination
  • Intra-oral photographs
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Patient education
  • Charting
  • Supporting doctor during procedures
  • Records maintenance
  • May administer nitrous oxide
  • Make impressions for bite guards, diagnostic models, and bleaching trays
  • Use ultrasonic scalers when required
  • Administer topical local anesthesia when needed
  • Communicate and follow-up with patients during free time
  • Schedule follow-up appointments
  • Order and organize hygiene supplies, sharpen and sterilize instruments

Teamwork:

  • Communication with front office regarding treatment plan scheduling
  • Take initiative when practice is behind schedule or understaffed
  • Participate in all team meetings
  • Discuss any problems or successes from the previous day

Practice Management:

  • Ask for referrals/testimonials
  • Thank patients for their business
  • Review schedule for any special needs or areas of concern
  • Participate in continuing education to expand skills
  • Debrief and hand-off patients for proper billing and scheduling
  • Organize back office and lab areas
  • Manage clinical inventory

Equipment used (including, but not limited to):

  • Computer
  • Cavitron
  • Intra-oral camera
  • Digital x-rays
  • Blood pressure
  • Ultrasonic
  • Autoclave
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • CEREC CadCam
  • Cone-Beam imaging
  • VELscope

Leadership/Self-Direction Responsibility:

The primary duty for all team members is patient care.

This description is intended as an outline of general daily, weekly, and monthly duties and expectations. Others may be added based on the needs of the practice. It is the policy of this office that if your duties are complete and free time remains, you must attempt to be of use in another area within your ability to do so.

We expect that you will perform any function asked of you. We will never ask you to do anything illegal, immoral, or unethical.

Our vision for the practice to provide an atmosphere of continuous learning and mutual support. We work as a team to provide the utmost in patient care, and every patient and team member is to be valued and respected at all times.

Contact our office for more information.