Job Description

Dental Hygienist

Summary: The Dental Hygienist is responsible for the preventative aspect of the dental department regarding educational, clinical, and follow-up activities.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  All duties are subject to accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Reviews and updates medical and dental history during periodic visits.
  • Conducts and documents blood pressure on all patients as needed.
  • Performs all preventative activities according to the State’s Dental Practice Act. (i.e., dental prophylaxis, topical fluorides, and sealants to appropriate patients.)
  • Takes necessary radiographs as directed.
  • Provides patient education to increase awareness regarding nutrition and home maintenance.
  • Controls the inventory of patient educational materials and audits and orders hygiene supplies.
  • Maintains and evaluates an active recall system.
  • Confirms hygiene appointments for the following day as time permits.
  • Backs up the Dental Assistant and Receptionist when time permits.
  • Performs Triage Emergencies, Dosimetry Maintenance and other duties as assigned by the Dental Operations Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Connecticut State Registered Dental Hygienist license required.
  • Two years’ experience; bilingual preferred.
  • CPR/BLS Certified
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Education and/or Experience:  Graduate of an accredited school of dental hygiene.

Physical Requirements:
The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires the manual dexterity sufficient to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment. The position requires the physical ability to kneel, bend and perform light lifting. This person must have the ability to write and speak clearly using the English to convey information and be able to hear at normal speaking levels both in person and over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Generally, the working conditions are good with little or no exposure to extremes in health, safety hazards and/or hazardous materials. This person must have the ability to travel as required to work with staff.

How to Apply

Southwest Community Health Center Bridgeport