POSITION SUMMARY Performs duties according to accepted practices of the dental hygiene field and PCHC Clinic policies and procedures using independent judgment in decision making. Work is reviewed for overall soundness in judgment and all unusual problems or circumstances are discussed with supervisor. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS – Clinical Duties 1. Assists with the preparation for the dental examinations and procedures, including compiling and reviewing medical histories, charting and probing when necessary. 2. Assists the dentists with patient examinations by exposing and developing x-rays and performing prophylaxis and fluoride applications. 3. Instructs patients on the practices of basic oral hygiene and provides post-operative instructions, when necessary. 4. Assists with sealant applications when deemed necessary. 5. Instructs patients with nutrition counseling pertinent to oral hygiene needs. 6. Educates patients and parents regarding oral hygiene needs. 7. Assist with the organizing of hygiene scheduling and patient load. 8. Interacts harmoniously and effectively with others, focusing upon the attainment of organizational goals and objectives through a commitment to teamwork. 9. Conforms to acceptable attendance and punctuality standards as expressed in the Employee Handbook. 10. Complies with all safety rules and protocols. Reports all accidents, regardless of severity, immediately to supervisor and completes incident/injury report and investigation form, which will be forwarded to Human Resources within 24 hours of incident. 11. Abides by the organizations compliance program and its requirements. 12. Current on all required training for current year. 13. Will have up to date training and certification in Basic Life Support. 14. Performs all other duties, as assigned by supervisor. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS – Community Duties 1. Prepares and performs professional oral hygiene presentations, delivers educational demonstrations throughout the communities served. 2. May serve on a dental coalition, council or advisory board as deemed pertinent to PCHC. 3. Organizes and publicizes presentations in public facilities such as malls, libraries, schools, etc. 4. Coordinate with public schools to assist with dental health education programs, including the training and monitoring. 5. Coordinate with public schools to assist with dental screenings. 6. Perform other related duties, as assigned. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 1. Registered Dental Hygiene Degree 2. Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners Certificate 3. Experience in private practice as well as public health hygiene 4. Knowledge of basic dental equipment and instruments and x-ray machines 5. Knowledge of clinical sterilization practices 6. Ability to create and maintain accurate records and files 7. Basic computer knowledge-Dentrix preferred 8. Ability to create and present oral hygiene educational materials 9. Ability to effectively communicate with children and their parents, adult patients, coworkers, school administrators, city and town officials, and the general public in a courteous, tactful and professional manner. TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS · Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a medical practice setting. · Normal medical office environment. · Involves frequent contact with staff, patients and the public. · Work may be stressful at times. Contact may involve dealing with people who are angry or upset. · Working extended hours may be required as needed. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE*Two years dental hygiene experience preferred.· Registered Dental Hygiene Degree. · Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners Certificate. · Must hold a valid State of Maine Dental Hygiene License and be registered with the State of Maine Board of Dental Examiners. · Will have up-to-date training and certification in Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support issued by American Heart Association, American Red Cross or American Health & Safety Institute. Must obtain within 3 months if not current at hire.