Dental Hygienist

in Portland
, OR
Reference: 19-04254


  • Prepare treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and protocols
  • Prepare patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating, and draping patient
  • Provide information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests
  • Maintain instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening, sterilizing, and selecting instruments
  • Select materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating patient’s oral health
  • Complete dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains from teeth and from beneath gum margins
  • Detect disease by completing oral cancer screening; feeling and visually examining gums; using probes to locate periodontal disease and to assess levels of recession; exposing and developing radiographic studies
  • Arrest dental decay by applying fluorides and other cavity- preventing agents
  • Help dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drugs and oxygen supply, and directory of emergency numbers
  • Educate patients by giving oral hygiene and plaque control instructions and postoperative instructions; providing reminders of time of next dental hygiene visit
  • Document dental hygiene services by recording vital signs and medical and dental histories; charting in patient records
  • Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential
  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols
  • Ensure operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques
  • Maintain dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies
  • Conserve dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed