Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Dental Hygienist

    Job Title
    Dental Hygienist
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location

    Culture of Care Statement: In an effort to improve patient safety, Howard University Hospital (HUH) supports a Just Culture. This atmosphere of accountability promotes the identification of human error (mistake), at-risk behavior (behavioral choice that increases risk) and reckless behavior (disregard for risk). The goal is to maintain a culture for learning, safe systems and well managed behavioral choices.

    Purpose of Job:

    The Dental Hygienist is responsible for the direct delivery of oral hygiene and appropriate preventive services to dental patients. 

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Receives and schedules oral prophylaxis. Obtains dental records and assesses patient’s medical/dental history prior to performing treatment. Provides chair-side assistance to staff and faculty during clinical procedures.
    • Performs dental examination and records information in patient chart
    • Performs oral prophylaxis and other periodontal treatments as recommended
    • Follows all clinical and infection control protocols with the goal of patient safety
    • Provide oral health education and appropriate individual counseling for all dental patients
    • Operates dental x-ray equipment to take and develop intraoral and extraoral radiographs
    • Cleans, disinfects, and prepares materials, instruments and equipment for sterilization
    • Maintains statistical data as related to services and patients treated

    Required Qualifications (Competencies):

    • Competent in providing dental care for children, adolescents, adults, geriatric and medically compromised patients. Including the administration of local anesthesia.
    • Competent in assessing the patient health survey, general dental survey, periodontal survey, radiographic survey, deposits survey and family/social survey
    • Ability to identify patient / client oral health care needs
    • Ability to identify treatment needs that may require consultation with other licensed healthcare professionals
    • Ability to communicate to the patient/client thoroughly the etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment alternatives
    • Provide specialized treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health
    • Ability to operate x-ray equipment
    • Understands and complies with State and ADA/ADHA/ OSHA/HIPPA/CDC compliance requirements
    • Basic computer skills and effective oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team setting and collaborating with other dental staff providers when needed.

    Required Qualifications (Education and Experience):

    • Graduate of a CODA accredited Dental Hygiene program
    • Two (2) years’ experience as Dental Hygienist in dental office/hospital/clinical setting
    • Active Dental Hygiene license in DC
    • Valid CPR card at the time of hire or must successfully pass a CPR course within 30 days of hire.


    Must be able to stand, walk, sit, manually lift up to 35lbs and transfer/lift using the appropriate device to accomplish the patient care task, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, (depth perception, color vision), calculate, edit, evaluate, interpret, and organize for extended periods of time.

    Required Skills

    The Dental Hygienist is responsible for the direct delivery of oral hygiene and appropriate preventive services to dental patients.

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