Registered Dental Hygienist


The dental hygienist plays an important part in the success of the practice. The focus of the dental hygienist is working chairside to ensure patient comfort, care and safety by partnering with the practice doctors to provide efficient periodontal surgery. In addition to patient care, the dental hygienist will: (i) maintain and sterilize equipment and operatories; (ii) type doctors’ notes; and (iii) participate in the organized and efficient operations of the practice.

QUALIFICATIONS: An example of acceptable qualifications:

  • College diploma or equivalent
  • RDH diploma
  • Minimum one years’ work experience in dentistry


  • Ohio driver’s license
  • X-ray certification
  • CPR certification
  • Phlebotomy certification (preferred, but not required)
  • Local Anesthesia certification
  • ACLS certification (required upon hire)
  • Completion of Medical Emergency certification (within one year of hire)
  • Administration of Nitrous Oxide
  • General Supervision
  • 1,500 clinical hours and 1 year of practice

EQUIPMENT OPERATED: The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.

X-ray and radiograph equipment, CT scanner, periolase, ultraclave, ultrasonic, statim, computer, printer/scanner/copier, facsimile machine, shredder, telephones and other office equipment.



Patient Management:

  • Performs opening duties (e.g., turns on equipment, reviews patient charts, and ensures consent forms are signed); reviews daily schedules in the huddle with the front desk and clinical staff for patients; coordinates and works with appointment coordinator to efficiently schedule hygiene patients.
  • Reviews patient health and dental history forms and updates as needed during hygiene appointments; accurately charts each patient’s periodontal health; performs thorough and gentle prophylaxis to patients; performs scaling, root planing and selective polishing for patients as needed; polishes restorations.
  • Administers local anesthetics, if allowed by dental practice act; places medicaments subgingivally (under the gum line) for periodontal disease treatment.
  • Takes radiographs of patients as prescribed by dentist; applies cavity-preventative agents, such as fluorides and sealants.
  • Communicates with patients understandably and professionally; checks on patients’ comfort during treatment and assists to reduce any patient anxiety.
  • Accurately and appropriately records treatments the practice provides to patients; teaches proper oral hygiene techniques to patients; counsels patients on oral health, including the role of nutrition; performs other tasks as assigned by the doctors.

Treatment Room Management and Sterilization:

  • Checks treatment rooms for cleanliness and makes necessary changes; checks and turns on treatment room equipment; maintains inventory supplies for hygiene treatments; submits supply orders, as needed, to other practice team members responsible for placing supply orders; reviews, selects and submits orders for patient education materials.
  • Performs the following duties after each patient appointment: (i) properly discards all disposable items from each patient appointment; (ii) assembles soiled instruments and places them in designated sterilization areas; (iii) cleans treatment room surfaces with disinfectant solutions; (iv) pre-soaks soiled instruments in disinfectant; (v) sorts and packages instruments by tray to ensure proper sterilization; ( vi) loads, activates and vents the sterilization unit according to manufacturer’s directions; and (vii) stores instruments and trays in appropriate places.
  • Performs closing duties (e.g., turns off all equipment, sets up for next day’s first patient, records end-of-work day, etc.).

Records Management:

  • Securely stores and handles patient records in compliance with practice office policies and procedures, and applicable legal requirements, such as HIP AA privacy and security regulations.
  • Accurately records patients’ medical and dental histories; inputs and records patient information; and organizes and arranges patient notes, correspondence, documentation, images, etc.
  • Assists in the administration of the patient recall system.


  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Participates actively in team meetings; promotes a team concept as displayed by interaction with other team members in the office.
  • Covers other areas within the practice as needed and when needed.
  • Meets all job safety requirement and all applicable OHSA safety standards that pertain to essential functions.
  • Maintains required licensures, registrations and certifications.
  • Performs other related duties and administrative duties as required.


  • Knowledge of good oral hygiene
  • Knowledge of practice policies, procedures and processes**
  • Knowledge of public and human relations
  • Knowledge of safety practices (e.g., OSHA)
  • Knowledge of sales/case acceptance concepts**
  • Effective verbal skills to communicate with patients, doctors, and other staff members
  • Good manual dexterity skills
  • Skill in performing dental cleanings competently
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and anticipation skills in a team environment
  • Word processing skills
  • Ability to assist the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
  • Ability to deal with problems involving few variable in a familiar context
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage infection control by sterilizing and preparing instruments and equipment
  • Ability to set up and breakdown operatory post treatment
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings
  • Ability to travel between practices

**Knowledge obtained upon employment with practice.

Posted 10/17/2018

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