Dental Hygienist
Job ID: R0030405 | Allied Health Specialist | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
Responsible for providing preventative and therapeutic dental hygiene services to patients of the Medical Center. Ensures the instruments are cleaned and sterilized per manufacturers' and infection control standards after each patient use.
  • Performs oral prophylaxis for patients by removing calcareous deposits and stains from teeth and by scaling tartar accumulations from teeth and beneath margins of gums.
  • Applies fluoride to teeth to aid in the prevention of cavities.
  • Applies medicaments to gums and between teeth of patients.
  • Educates patients about the etiology pathogenesis and management of periodontal disease.
  • Exposes, develops and mounts intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  • Cleans and sterilizes instruments and equipment throughout the day. Cleans and sanitizes the operatory after each patient.
  • Reviews the patient's health history form and requests update when necessary.
  • Reviews the patient's medical history and oral condition and notes changes and extent of prophylaxis on the chart to provide the dentist with information for more complete diagnosis and subsequent treatment as needed.
  • Determines if medication is needed prior to treatment and asks if patient has pre-medicated. Ask patients about any allergies that they might have.
  • Requisitions supplies and equipment and maintains a well-stocked operatory.
  • Maintains clinic appearance and monitors area for any safety violation.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Position Compensation Range: $27.84 - $44.54 Hourly

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • Education: Bachelor's degree required. Completion of an approved dental hygiene program required.
  • Experience: None.
  • Licensure: Licensed to practice as a Dental Hygienist by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions Board of Dentistry. American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider BLS certification required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Job requires sitting/standing for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping/traveling, steps) and reaching (overhead, extensive, repetitive). Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull <20 lbs. May be exposed to fumes, chemicals, vibrations, humidity, radiation, noise, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.



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Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

 

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

 


Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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