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Rawlins County Dental Clinic Registered Dental Hygienist in Atwood, Kansas

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Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Job Description

The employee reports directly to the Clinical Manager.

Overview: The employee provides exceptional preventative oral health treatment to patients while upholding Rawlins County Dental Clinics mission, vision, and core values.


Attention to detail

Exceptional customer service skills including effective written and verbal communication skills to communicate and maintain positive rapport with patients, coworkers, and community members

Basic to intermediate computer skills

Ability to work and stay on task without supervision

Critical thinking skills, resourcefulness, and problem solving skills

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Specific Duties:

Patient Care & Management

Works with reception to schedule patients with efficiency

Carefully reviews patient charts prior to appointments

Performs thorough prophylaxis to patients

Performs thorough scaling, root planing, and polishing for patients as needed

Administers local anesthetics when appropriate

Placement of medicaments subgingivally for periodontal disease treatment as necessary

Takes appropriate radiographs for diagnoses by dentist

Applies cavity-preventative agents such as fluorides and sealants

Performs head and neck examinations

Communicates and educates patients, parents, and/or guardians in an understandable and professional manner

Maintains patient comfort throughout treatment and helps allay patient anxiety within means

Keeps accurate notes on treatment and treatment planning with dentist

Counsels patients on proper nutrition, oral health care, and preventative practices

Performs other tasks as directed by dentist and clinical manager

Anticipates dentists needs by taking appropriate films and preparing patient for exam (for example, if a patient is missing teeth, discuss replacement options prior to dentist coming in)

Operatory Management & Sterilization

Maintains clean operatory and makes necessary changes as needed

Checks hygiene equipment routinely and reports issues to Clinical Manager

Cleans and resets operatory per office policy at end of each day

Aids with hygiene supply inventory and reports shortages for ordering

Properly discards disposables and moves soiled instruments to lab after each patient

Thoroughly cleans operatory with disinfectant between each patient

Sorts and packages instruments appropriately for sterilization

Loads, starts, and vents sterilization unit according to manufacturers directions and direction from clinical manager

Aids in lab management, keeps areas tidy, and assists in sorting sterile instruments

Restocks operatory supplies as needed, including tooth brush kits

Sharpens instruments as needed to maintain effectiveness and reports damaged/worn out instruments to clinical manager

Records Management

Complies with HIPAA privacy and security measures.

Accurately records medical and dental histories

Accurately documents treatment and patient interactions

Completed services match route sheets and notes

Assists in the administration of the preventative recall system (stressing importance of regular visits, scheduling recalls in room when time allows, etc.)


Complies with employee handbook

Stays busy and finds things to do in downtime (e.g. helps in other areas of the office, reports to supervisor for additional duties, helps assistants, lab is kept up, etc.)

Maintains kind and courteous demeanor with patients and co-workers

Actively participates in staff meetings and discussions

Commitment to continuing education, profession, and personal development

Has a team mindset and productively works to foster and maintain tea environment

Actively contributes to day-to-day problem solving

Completes assigned trainings promptly

Other duties as assigned


Completion of an accredited post-secondary dental hygiene program

Active Kansas licensure

Nomad certified (can be obtained on the job)

Compliant with state dental practice requirements

Extended Care Permit (ECP) can be obtained on the job