CLASSIFICATION: DENTAL HYGIENIST
Class Code: 3062-19 Date Established: 08-04-92
Occupational Code: 7-4-3 Date of Last Revision: 05-16-08
BASIC PURPOSE: To provide dental examinations for signs of oral disease and provide health education, preventive and pre-therapeutic dental services to the residents of an institution.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Prepares clinical evaluations to establish facts and to solve practical oral hygiene problems.
· Performs oral scaling, polishing, examinations and related dental procedures, and recommends referrals for follow-up dental treatment.
· Examines oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. Provides education to patients on proper oral hygiene, taking and developing x-rays, and/or applying fluoride or sealant treatments.
· Exposes, develops, and processes dental radiographs to provide clinical data and to help determine the need for follow-up treatment.
· Provides in-service training, supervision, consultation and technical assistance in collaboration with the NH Technical College Dental Hygienist Program, maintaining standards of dental health services.
· Provides individual oral health instructions to patients, in order to motivate patients with special needs toward the practice of effective oral hygiene techniques to help develop good oral health habits and self-care.
· Reviews and evaluates patient files, maintaining required records of statistical data. Writes reports and prepares documents related to dental health care on patients treated.
Skill: Requires skill in developing formats and procedures for special applications OR in investigating and reviewing the use of equipment and data for a specialized function.
Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing related or similar work, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Associate’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major in Dental Hygiene or a certificate from a recognized Dental Hygiene program. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Two years’ experience as a full-time dental hygienist.
License/Certification: Licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of New Hampshire. Biennial registration with the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of dental hygiene. Skill in health education procedures. Ability to present clear and concise reports. Ability to plan work effectively and to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, patients, and professional lay groups. Ability to participate in, and profit by, in-service training courses, to assist in the orientation and in-service training of dental hygiene students, and to assist in the preparation of dental health education media. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.