JOB TITLE: Dental Hygienist
REPORTS TO: Practice Manager/Director, Hygiene Services
Welcome to Preventistry®! We are revolutionizing oral health for
everyone by redefining prevention and care.
A more effective health care system requires a revolution in
oral health care and DentaQuest?s affiliated practices are leading
the way. The affiliated practices are made up of Advantage Dental
from DentaQuest , Community Dental Care of Kentucky , Community
Dental Care of Texas , DentaQuest Oral Health Center , Gentech
Dentist and Sarrell Dental and Eye Centers .
A revolution requires us to reach beyond the dental chair to
reshape the oral health system. We address full-body health and its
relationship with social and cultural determinates by expanding
access to care, the affordability of care and implementing a
greater focus on timely prevention of dental disease, rather than
DentaQuest continues to create a strong partnership for
optimizing health system performance by adding an innovative
approach to the delivery of oral health care to its extensive
experience as a leading dental health benefits administrator. The
people of DentaQuest have a common purpose: we work together as
one, with passion, perseverance and focus to achieve a nation where
no child suffers from the pain of tooth decay, where adults keep
all their teeth for their entire lives, where every person has
access to quality dental care.
DentaQuest?s affiliated care delivery practices are made up of
over 200 providers, over 80 practices across six states, with more
than 700 employees providing care to over a quarter of a million
patients annually. Dedicated to our mission: To improve the oral
health of all. We harness our unique reach and insights to provide
patients with better care, timely education,greater access,
innovative solutions, and transformative system change. We call
this industry leading approach to dentistry - Preventistry®.
Under general supervision of a Dentist in a practice setting.
Dental Hygienist provides preventative and therapeutic oral care as
well as assesses the patient?s risk of dental disease. Utilizes
established dental hygiene protocols and procedures. Follows and
supports the CARE model for patient experience.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supports the overall mission of DentaQuest Care Group.
Assesses dental conditions and risk, uses patient screening
procedures, to include medical history review, dental charting, and
Perio charting; takes patient vital signs as required.
Follow all state dental practice acts to deliver direct care to
patients as assigned and using established dental hygienist
procedures; performs routine treatment procedures, such as
cleaning, polishing, x-rays, application of sealants, fluorides and
varnishes, and related procedures.
Perform periodontal maintenance and other periodontal procedures
Develops and implements individualized dental care plans for
patients; performs patient education and risk protocols, discharge
planning, and patient/family teaching under the direction of a
Provides chair-side assistance to dentist in the performance of
special tests, procedures, and complex treatments.
Makes impressions of patients? teeth as needed.
Documents dental history of chief complaint; records and reports
pertinent observations and patient reactions to dental team, as
appropriate; documents lab procedures and ensures follow up on
Assists with or institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse
which may occur during treatment.
Performs patient triage and initiates patient care as
appropriate for all patients.
Assists in preparation of patient care areas, and in the patient
admission, transfer, and discharge process, as required; prepares
reports and assists as required with patient reception, telephone
calls, and other office duties.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Assumes responsibility for the upkeep of the dental operatory
and equipment; promptly notifying practice manager of any problems
which may affect their ability to deliver safe and timely dental
Performs routine cleaning and maintenance of dental equipment in
assigned operatories and for the assigned equipment. Regularly and
thoroughly performs maintenance of assigned equipment consistent
with the upkeep of the other treatment rooms.
Ensures use of downtime to include cleaning and stocking
operatories as well as helping the rest of clinical team as
Attends and participates in team meetings and required training
Manages the schedule in collaboration with the Practice
All other duties as assigned.
High standards for integrity, honesty, professionalism, and work
Commitment to service excellence.
Ability to work independently while demonstrating excellent
organization and follow through.
Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability
to prioritize workload.
Ability and willingness to move with purpose and a strong sense
Self-motivated, positive, and enthusiastic.
Self- starter with a strong desire to exceed expectations and
capable of supporting a team to achieve successful results.
Maintains confidentiality discretion.
Ability to effectively work in collaboration with others to
achieve business objectives.
Willing to grow and be challenged.
High School Diploma or GED.
Current licensure as a Dental Hygienist in state of
Current CPR certification.
Knowledge of practice management software a plus.
Ability to analyze medical records and prescribed protocol to
formulate effective therapeutic treatment plans.
Knowledge of Federal, State, an institutional regulations and
guidelines for the provision of dental outpatient services.
Ability to independently assess the nature and extent of
periodontal health, perform caries risk assessments, and help in
identifying conditions and pathology in dental patients.
Ability to perform, a full range of established dental hygienist
protocol and procedures.
Knowledge of patient screening, charting, and medical history
procedures and documentation.
Knowledge and understanding of dental procedures, terminology,
Ability to set up and prepare dental equipment and
instrumentation in accordance with established regulations and
Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and
Knowledge of patient admission, triage, transfer and discharge
procedures and documentation.
Adhering to the dental office infection control plan and
policies to meet OSHA, CDC, ADA, HIPAA standards.
Ability to adhere to appropriate patient schedule
Maintain Continuing Education (CE) as required by state.
Pit and fissure sealant certificate preferred as required by
Ability to travel using personal car to cover other practices as
Occasional overnight including business meetings.
Physical repetitive movements and the degree of mobility, manual
dexterity and hand-eye coordination normally associated with the
practice of oral hygiene.
Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as
extreme temperatures, unpleasant odors, and or loud noises.
Moderate physical activity; requires handling average-weight
objects up to 15-20 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than
4 hours per day. Sitting for extended periods of time.
Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require
Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous
materials and situations that require following extensive safety
precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
The specific statements shown in each section of this
description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent
typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform
** In accordance with DentaQuest?s Compliance Plan, employee
must conduct DQ business in accordance with applicable laws,
regulations, professional standards and ethical standards and
report potential compliance or ethical issues to manager or DQ?s
Compliance Officer. **
DentaQuest?s Affirmative Action Program affirms our commitment
to make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental
limitation of otherwise-qualified individuals with disabilities or
special disabled veterans, unless the accommodation would impose an
undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please see Human
Resources for additional information regarding this Program.