Dental Hygienist (#04448)

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Salary $67,684.00 – $81,221.00 Annually Location Greensboro, NC Job Type Full Time Job Number 03242 Department Public Health Opening Date 02/14/2024 Closing Date Continuous GUILFORD COUNTY GOVERNMENT Empower Successful People to thrive in a Strong Community supported by Quality Government Transparency & Communication | Equity & Inclusion | Accountability Service & Outcomes Excellence | Our People Matter Description GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES Work in this class involves direct clinical hygiene care in the dental clinic and in a school-based setting. The position requires developing and conducting a dental health education program, training dental hygiene students, and working with dental students. The ideal candidate must be knowledgeable and proficient in recognizing oral health conditions, reviewing health histories, performing oral cancer screenings, head and neck inspections, dental charting of existing restorations, decay, and disease, taking and processing x-rays, applying sealants, using an intraoral camera, and other procedures in compliance with the Dental Hygiene Act. Employees must perform technical dental work not requiring the experts of a dentist such as dental examinations, prophylaxis, and the application of preventive procedures. The dental hygienist may perform the following duties under the general supervision of a licensed dentist; assists in the planning and operation of school dental health programs, serves as a consultant in dental health for public health personnel, civil groups, and other plans and conducts in service training programs in dental health, including rotation experience for dental hygiene students, dental assistants, and dental students. Employee must develop and distribute dental health educational materials, plans, and conducts instructional programs on dental health for school children and performs oral examinations of patients and students and makes referral to a specialist if that is recommended. Performs dental prophylaxis and applies topical fluorides, record findings and maintains records on dental software for all patients. Hygienist position must practice universal precautions and other sterilization and infection control procedures and maintain equipment. I. DIFFICULTY OF WORK Complexity – Work assignments are varied and require the application of principles of a discipline other than dental hygiene. In addition to a considerable knowledge of the techniques and practices of dental hygiene, this level of work requires knowledge of educational theory and techniques in preparing and disseminating dental health educational information. Guidelines – These include established technical procedures, office protocols, and available journals and textbooks. Guidelines apply to most work situations. II. RESPONSIBILITY Accountability – Employees have considerable opportunity to represent the agency due to contacts with students, teachers, school officials, community and civic groups, and others in teaching. Consequence of Action – The employees’ actions, i.e. treatments and screening, could result in minor discomfort to the patient population served. Review – Work is reviewed periodically by the dentist while in progress, and always upon completion through observation, records, and reports. Legally, the dentist must review the chairside work of the hygienist upon completion. III. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS Subject matter- Type of patient and work setting varies, there is the clinical setting where conversations take place with parents and patients. There is the school-based setting, where conversations take place with the patient. Information is presented accordingly. Primary content centers on oral hygiene instructions, proper use of a toothbrush, dental floss, and nutritional guidance. Preceptor guidance for students requires a great amount of interpersonal communication skills. IV. WORK ENVIRONMENT Nature of Working Conditions-Work locations are between the dental clinic and in a school based dental setting, using portable dental equipment. Nature and Potential of Personal Hazards-Universal precautions are to be utilized on every patient. Examples of Duties RECRUITMENT STANDARDS Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of dental hygiene. General knowledge of educational theory and techniques in the field of dental health. General knowledge of display techniques and skill in the arrangement and operation of visual aids. Knowledge of the methods and techniques in developing and disseminating dental health educational information to the public. Ability to work effectively with people on all educational levels. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with local school boards, civic groups, local dental society, and other community agencies and the public. Ability to speak effectively and stimulate interest and cooperation among various groups in carrying out a program in dental health education. Typical Qualifications Examples of Duties Evaluates the dental health of patients in the dental clinic or a school based/portable dental setting with emphasis on children and pregnant women. Provides prophylaxis, scaling/root planning, and oral hygiene instructions to patients and parents at an age appropriate level. Represents the department at Regional Oral Health Team meetings and coordinates all State Oral Health sponsored activities which may include such activities as hosting a Sealant Project or Fluoride Mouth Rinse program in qualifying schools, working with the community and medical providers to promote “Into the Mouths of Babes” and “Into the Mouths of Moms’ programs and partnering with other providers to expand Carolina Dental Home. Minimum Qualifications Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in dental hygiene; or graduation from an approved two-year program of dental hygiene and two years of experience in dental hygiene or health education. Preferred Qualification Completion of Public Health Dental Hygiene training through the State of North Carolina. This training allows a hygienist to work without the direct supervision of a licensed dentist via xe2x80x9cWritten Standing Orders for a Public Health Hygienistxe2x80x9d. The hygienist must be able to perform duties on all ages, has or will obtain the hygienist dental local anesthesia certificate within 6 months, has, or will obtain the Dental Public Health Hygienist, Under the Direction of a Licensed NC dentist within the first 6 months. Necessary Special Qualification Licensed to practice as a dental hygienist in North Carolina and on good terms with the state. Documentation of immunity to: measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox, per CDC recommendations. Screening/proof of Hepatitis B immunity, as recommended by the CDC. Supplemental Information May Require Driving This position may require driving for this position whether driving a County owned or personal vehicle to conduct county business such as but not limited to attending conferences, meetings, or any other county related functions. Motor Vehicle Reports may be verified for valid driver’s license and that the driving record is compatible with the county’s driving criteria. If a personal vehicle is operated for county business proper insurance is maintained as per Guilford County’s vehicle use policy. Special Note This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which gives further details, especially specific job requirements applicable for that position. These documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions. Guilford County is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to employees and applicants for employment regardless of color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The County is committed to complying with all applicable federal, state and local laws that pertain to employment, and to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination of any kind. If you need an auxiliary aide, make the request forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the time the accommodation is needed by calling 336-641-3324.

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