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University of Rochester Registered Dental Hygienist - 230658 in Rochester, New York

Registered Dental Hygienist Job ID 230658

Location Eastman Dental Center Full/Part Time TAR Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Time as Reported Grade 094 UDFG Dental Faculty


7:30 AM-1:30 PM; Saturdays


General Purpose:

A Registered Dental Hygienist is a specialized patient care provider who must take into consideration the physical and emotional status of the patient while providing oral health care to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. This care provides oral health education, clinical procedures in treating incipient and advanced cases of dental diseases, and the application of preventive therapeutic agents. The RDH works under the supervision of a licensed dentist with considerable latitude for independent judgment.

Supervision and Direction Received:

Direct supervision by the Director of the University Dental Faculty Group (UDFG) and the Director of the UDFG Eastman Dental site. General direction by the Operations Administrator of the Clinton Crossings UDFG site and the Practice Manager of the Eastman UDFG site.

Age Range of Patients Served:

Children (1-12 years), Adolescents (13-19 years), Early and Young Adulthood (19-29 years and 30-44 years), Middle Adulthood (45-65 years) and Geriatric (65+ years).


  • Patient Assessment (20%) – In treating patients an assessment of the patient is obtained. The RDH:

  • Obtains a comprehensive medical and dental health history

  • Does a complete assessment of patients including vital signs

  • Completes and oral facial examination

  • Provides oral cancer screening

  • Assesses oral hygiene status

  • Completes a caries examination

  • Probes for and assesses periodontal disease

  • Ascertains bleeding upon probing of the gingival

  • Completes an occlusion evaluation

  • Assesses the need for medication and preventive therapeutic agents

  • Consults with dentists, physicians, social workers, interpreters, financial counselors and other support groups as needed

  • Treatment Planning (10%) – The dental hygienist develops and individualized treatment plan for each patient with awareness of and attention to the special needs of the mentally handicapped, physically compromised or physically handicapped, (i.e. cardiac patients, patients with multiple fractures, wheelchair and stretcher patients).

  • Patient Treatment (55%)

  • Patient education in the prevention of dental disease:

  • Develops a program plan for behavior modification with the patient

  • Individualizes instruction in oral physiotherapy and bacterial plaque control

  • Re-evaluates oral health and dietary counseling

  • Documents health assessment, treatment plan, treatment rendered and existing conditions of intra and extra-oral structures in electronic medical record

  • Administers oral prophylaxis including super gingival and sub gingival scaling

  • Provides root planning as indicated

  • Polishes teeth including existing restorations

  • Applies topical and therapeutic agents for control of dental caries, tooth hypersensitivity and control of periodontal disease

  • Applies sealants and periodic assessment at recall visits

  • Assesses need for and obtains bitewing, occlusal, periapical and panoramic radiographs.

  • Co-therapist with the dentist in providing and reviewing diagnostic aids, study models, radiographs and charting of hard and soft tissues

  • Obtains alginate impressions for the fabrication of custom fluoride trays and study models

  • Removes sutures

  • Places and removes temporary restorations

  • Places and removes periodontal dressing


  • Participates in operatory room sterility audit to assure Infection Control guidelines are met

  • Participates in annual Faculty Practice chart review

  • Periodically reviews and updates job description of the RDH


  • Environmental support

  • Cleans and disinfects operatory after each procedure

  • Disinfects, bags and seals ultrasonic instruments

  • Disposes of hazardous waste and toxic chemicals according to hospital policy

  • Ensures maintenance and optimal instrument effectiveness for periodontal procedures

    CLERICAL – (5%)

  • Completes necessary notations within clinical information system as required and billing slip for front end billing purposes for services rendered

  • Completes requisitions for laboratory tests

  • Prepares prescription forms for medications or fluoride therapy and obtains dentist’s signature


  • New York State Dental License

  • Graduate of an accredited program in Dental Hygiene

  • Minimum of two years experience in clinical dentistry preferred

  • CPR training

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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