The Dental Hygienist is responsible for assessing and delivering direct patient care utilizing dental hygiene procedures and protocols to educate and reinforce oral hygiene. Upholds the health center mission by assuring the delivery of high quality support services that result in strong consumer satisfaction; and that help maintain the fiscal and operational capacity of the Dental department.
Assesses dental conditions and risk with patient screening procedures which includes medical history review and dental charting in Dentrix.
Performs routine treatment procedures, such as cleaning, polishing, x-rays, application of sealants, fluorides and varnishes, and related procedures.
Develops and implements individualized dental care plans for patients; performs patient education and risk protocols, discharge planning, and patient/family teaching under the supervision of a dentist.
Assist with insurance preauthorization process for periodontal scaling and root planning to assure follow-up on all denials and scheduling for all approved cases.
Provides chair-side assistance to dentist in the performance of special tests, procedures, and complex treatments.
Assist other staff with front and back office responsibilities when hygiene schedule permits.
Manage the continuing care recall system.
Assist with managing hygiene inventory and supplies. Ensure use of downtime to include clean, stocked operatories; routinely clean and stock operatory.
Documents dental history, reports pertinent observations, and other relevant patient information in Dentrix. Documents lab procedures and ensures follow up on result.
Performs patient triage and initiates patient care as appropriate for walk-in patient.
Performs routine cleaning and maintenance of dental equipment in assigned operatories and for the assigned equipment. Regularly and thoroughly performs maintenance of assigned equipment.
Assumes responsibility for the upkeep of the dental operatory and equipment.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Current state licensure as a Dental Hygienist and x-ray certification
Ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required
Have an interest in and commitment to public health dentistry. Devote time every year to continuing education, conferences and reading in dental public health. Show ongoing involvement in community outreach and education
Ability to independently assess the nature and extent of dental, both periodontal and caries risk assessments, and associated conditions and pathology in dental patients.
Current CPR and Hep B Vaccine
Family Practice and Counseling Network, a program of Resources for Human Development, is a network of community health centers providing comprehensive primary care, dental and behavioral health services. The Network consists of four health centers in Philadelphia – Abbottsford-Falls Family Practice & Counseling in the Northwest, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in the North, the Health Annex in the Southwest, and Annex West Philly housed in Action Wellness (formerly Action AIDS); and a convenient care clinic in Philadelphia – Fast Family Care. Today the Network serves more than 23,000 patients annually and is an NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Home.