Dental Hygienist

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General summary

This is a licensed position accountable for cleaning teeth, examining for signs of oral disease, educating patients on oral hygiene, taking and developing x-rays, and applying fluoride and sealants.  Other duties include screening patients, reviewing medical and dental histories, documenting patients’ oral hygiene status, and maintaining dental records.  May direct/supervise the work of dental assistants.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level:  Knowledge of principles and techniques of oral hygiene, dental prophylaxis, and dental examination.  Ability to explain the fundamentals of dental care and oral hygiene to patients.

Typical qualifications

Licensure as a Dental Hygienist.

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