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Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. Dental Hygienist in Framingham, Massachusetts

We are currently looking for a dedicated Dental Hygienist who wants to work in a supportive environment where they can build a meaningful career. Our clinical team works together to deliver quality dental care and services, manage health disparities amidst our target populations, and make a significant impact on the health of the diverse communities we serve.

We offer competitive salaries and a generous benefits and time-off package.

Job Summary:

The Dental Hygienist will be responsible for cleaning and polishing teeth, instructing patients in good oral hygiene habits and after care for dental treatments, providing other preventative dental care, and working chairside as needed. As part of the team-based approach to care, the Dental Hygienist will participate in coordinating care for patients, will support patients and families in self-management through evidenced-based approaches, will engage in health center projects that are aimed at specific patient populations, and will utilize effective and appropriate communication strategies such as health literacy approaches when working with patients.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Actively participates in maintaining a patient recall system

  • Applies patient markers to adequately determine the correct patient is present for the dental appointment.

  • Accurately completes the dental record, providing all necessary information relating to oral hygiene, Periodontal status, probing depths, attachment loss, and accurate charting of the current oral condition.

  • Completes notes after each procedure.

  • Demonstrates competency and proficiency in oral prophylaxis, with a thorough understanding of each instrument and its function.

  • Demonstrates competency and proficiency in Scaling and Root Planning.

  • Adequately documents the Periodontal status of the patient, documenting gingival tissue characteristics, sulcus depths, mobility, calculus levels, and radiographic findings.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in radiograph processing and alerts the Dentist to pathology.

  • Adheres to the standard of care in infection control procedures and protocols during patient care.

  • Provides oral health instruction, allows adequate time for questions and answers, and provides patients the opportunity to demonstrate proper oral health techniques.

  • Demonstrates competency and proficiency in placing sealants.

  • Maintains complete dental records and documentation is thorough and coherent.

  • Makes sure the dental record accurately reflects the nature of the contact, the condition of the patient, and the care or treatment provided.

  • Ensures that all record notes are completed the same day of the procedure

  • Participates in instrument processing/disinfection/wrapping after dental procedures.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of a accredited US school of Dental Hygiene.

  • MA Dental Hygienist license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2.5 years post-graduate experience as a dental hygienist preferably in a community or public health setting.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Portuguese, or other language identified by Department as a need.

  • Certification in delivering local anesthesia in state of Massachusetts.

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