Dental Hygienist, Kailua-Kona, HI
West Hawaii Community Health Center is a leader in delivering outstanding patient-centered health care on the Big Island of Hawaii. Our mission is to make quality, comprehensive, and integrated health services accessible to all, regardless of income. We are dedicated to offering services that are culturally sensitive and promote community well-being through the practice of malama pono (caring for others in a way that is right).
We are currently recruiting the following key position:
POSITION FUNCTION SUMMARY:
Under the general direction of the Director of Dental Services, the Dental Hygienist’s duties are in support of the mission, goals and objectives of the WHCHC. He/she will provide oral care to patients and provide them with information to assist with developing and maintaining good oral health.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position may have various work assignments within WHCHC. This description is intended to be generic in nature, and as such it does not detail all duties and responsibilities of the particular job assignment. Various duties, responsibilities and accountabilities may be assigned to an incumbent in this position depending on the specific job assignment, and may include but not be limited to the following:
Requirements of Position
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Greets and prepares patients for treatment.
- Provides preventative and rehabilitative caries control, periodical services as assigned by the treatment plan.
- Provides preliminary charting of all head and neck pathology.
- Conducts oral health education.
- Provides chairside instruction in plaque control and/or diet counseling.
- Brings to the attention of all patients or guardian the benefits of fluorides in all forms.
- Informs parents, guardians and patients of importance and need of periodic dental care.
- Accurately records all treatment rendered.
- Makes diagnoses when necessary.
- Prepares clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret.
- Works chair-side with dentist during treatment whenever necessary.
- Uses an assortment of tools to complete daily tasks. Hand and rotary instruments and ultrasonic devices are used to clean and polish teeth, which includes removing tartar, stains, and plaque.
- Uses x-ray machines to take dental pictures, and sometimes develops the film.
- Uses models of teeth to explain oral hygiene, perform root planning as a periodontal therapy, or apply cavity-preventative agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants.
Dental hygienists work in clean, well-lighted offices. Important health safeguards include strict adherence to proper radiological procedures and the use of appropriate protective devices when administering anesthetic gas. Dental hygienists also wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. Dental hygienists also should be careful to avoid possible shoulder and neck injury from sitting for long periods of time while working with patients.
Education and Experience:
- Degree from an accredited dental hygiene school required.
- Active State of Hawai’i Dental Hygienist License or a State of Hawai’i Community Service Dental Hygienist License.
Minimal travel 10% (meetings, seminars, training).
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as government regulations and guidelines, patient records, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, etc.
- Ability to write at a minimal level of competence, including internal reports and memoranda.
- Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people to include staff and providers and patients.
- Ability to communicate effectively with patients and their families to make their visit a pleasant experience.
- Sensitivity to the multicultural nature of the service area population and may be required to communicate in another language.
Interested applicants should send an application, resume, and cover letter to:
West Hawaii Community Health Center
ATTN: Human Resources
75-5751 Kuakini Hwy, Ste. 203
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Fax: (808) 327-1939