Dental Hygienist

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Dental Hygienist

Job Type





E10 (28.83 - 43.24)


Clinic Dental


Position Summary

Under direct supervision, the Dental Hygienist is responsible for performing advanced prophylactic and preventative dental procedures in the treatment of patients at the health center including those with related medical and dental problems, such as diabetes, cardiac complications, severe caries, and periodontal disease. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • • Graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program in the United States and two years work experience as a dental hygienist; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • • Must have current CPR certification.

  • • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • • Performs oral prophylactic and dental hygiene treatment to patients presenting a variety of abnormal conditions.

  • • Administers local anesthesia (if qualified) under the close supervision of the dentist.

  • • Performs additional procedures such as: taking dental radiographs, records medical and dental histories, reviews patient’s dietary habits, administers caries prevention agents, desensitizes root surfaces, root planning, places temporary restorations, necessary coronal polishing, takes and pour impressions for study casts, removes sutures, and instructs the patients in home care therapy and proper diet as it relates to oral health.

  • • Participates in the development and implementation of Oral Health Education and disease prevention activities (community health) including Periodontal Disease, BBTD and Sealants

  • • Plans, coordinates, and conducts preventive oral health programs for various patient groups such as diabetic, cancer, psychiatric, geriatric, alcoholic and physically handicapped patients.

  • • Develops and revises oral health instructional materials and education techniques for varied levels of the mental and physical capabilities of each patient group.

  • • Uses resources available within the clinic and materials acquired from research, professional dental associations, and schools of dental hygiene, develops and presents oral health lectures, demonstrations, and visual displays to patient groups and clinic personnel.

  • • Develops procedural instructions to be used by dental hygienist, dental assistants, dietitians, nutritionists, and the nursing staff in the delivery of oral health care to patients throughout the clinic.

  • • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.

  • • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

  • • Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of dental hygiene.

  • • Knowledge of dental terminology and dental science.

  • • Knowledge of theories, methods and procedures for the prevention of dental diseases and the required corrective treatment.

  • • Knowledge of methods and materials used in a dental health education program. Knowledge of community relations.

  • • Knowledge of techniques of motivation and communication.

  • • Knowledge of principles, methods and materials used in dental health education.

  • • Knowledge of principles of program development and evaluation.

  • • Ability to give group and individual instruction in dental hygiene.

  • • Ability to plan and conduct in-service training programs and dental disease prevention programs in various settings.

  • • Ability to develop material for dental health education.

  • • Ability to evaluate effectiveness of dental health programs.

  • • Ability to establish and maintain good relations with lay and professional personnel, such as nurses, teachers and school administrators.

  • • Ability to deal courteously, effectively and tactfully with dental patients.

  • • Ability to clean and examine teeth and apply knowledge of dental hygiene in instruction of dental patients.

  • • Ability to use dental equipment and instruments in examining and cleaning teeth.

  • • Ability to assist in instruction of skills to staff and students.

  • • Ability to conduct classroom curricular activities.

  • • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

  • • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.

  • • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or written format.

  • • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee occasionally is required to operate a motor vehicle; stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.