Dental Hygienist - Periodontal
Job Details
East - Madison, WI
Full Time
Associates Degree
Health Care


We have an opening for a Periodontal Registered Dental Hygienist, full-time, four days per week, patient hours. This position alternates between our East clinic, 49 N Walbridge Avenue, Madison, WI 53714, and our South clinic, 2971 Chapel Valley Road, Madison, WI 53711.  Earn up to a $3000 signing bonus.

With a robust history dating back to 1969, DHA is a leader in the community as a widely respected dental provider. You can be a vital part of our tradition of excellence. In 1969, a group of five dentists, led by Drs. Daro A. Buchanan and Richard O'Brien, formed Dental Health Associates of Madison, Ltd. (DHA). Both dentists had been single practitioners for 15 years, but saw the need for a unified, complete range of services at a single location. Since DHA's inception as a traditional group dental practice in the late 1960's the concept of a group of dentists joining together provides many benefits for both the patients and the practitioners. As a group, their goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to dental care for their patients. They also realize the benefit of peer review and shared consultation to assure high quality dental care. So while some things have changed over the years, the basic premise remains the same: to provide the best possible dental health care to our patients. We have grown over the years from only performing general dentistry to having specialties--periodontics, endodontics and orthodontics. We have grown from 5 to 31 dentists with auxiliary staffing of over 275. We have seven locations that reflect the geographic distribution of our patients in and around the Madison area.

Position Summary
The dental hygienist works collaboratively with the dental team to make quality patient care a priority and meet the oral health needs of the patients. Dental hygienists’ greet and prepare dental patients for care, review medical history of patients, performs routine treatment procedures and document dental history. Dental hygienist interacts with patients and provides dental education.


Essential Functions
1.Handle patient records and employee issues confidentially, following HIPAA guidelines.
2.Perform prophylaxis on adult and child patients with dentist checking work, subgingivally removing plaque and calculus, deep scaling when needed.
3.Set up and prepare room according to OSHA standards; clean up and sterilize after patient procedures are completed.
4.Provide fluoride treatment under supervision of dentist.
5.Perform radiographs as a diagnostic tool, at a high level of consistent diagnostic quality.
6.Perform intra oral and extra oral exams and report finding to dentist; perform initial medical history review.
7.Provide patient dental care education.
8.Perform charting as needed.
9.Demonstrate oral hygiene including all brushing, flossing, and irrigation.
10.Review charts a day in advance for updates and work needed, mark charts and communicate with the front desk.
11.Interview patients and update health histories prior to treatment.
12.Make accurate computer entries for charges, scheduling, treatment, patient information changes and verification of information between chart and computer record.
13.Coordinate schedule changes with patient coordinators.
14.Perform proper sterilization meeting OSHA standards for patient and employee safety.
15.Practice recommended safeguards for personal and patient safety.

Physical Demands of Position
Constant sitting with intermittent walking. Repeated hand and wrist motions. Moderate lifting to restock. Ability to do close visual work resulting is some back and neck stress. Must be able to use fine motor skills to manipulate hand pieces and other instruments.

Environmental/Working Conditions
Indoor office environment with exposure to moderate high-pitched noise from equipment. Some exposure to allergens, disinfectants, other chemicals and x-ray equipment on a daily basis.

Equipment Used
Hand pieces, surgical instruments, intra oral camera and internet based dental software.

Job Specifications
1.Graduate of accredited school, current state license with state and national board exams passed.
2.Previous experience as a registered dental hygienist is desired.
3.Ability to operate computer, x-ray equipment, hand piece, hand instruments, ultrasonic cleaner, polishers and other equipment as needed.
4.Good oral and written communication skills.
5.Basic computer skills and the ability to use computer software
6.Good time management skills.
7.Must be able to concentrate and maintain a close attention to detail using visual and tactile senses.
8.Ability to multitask is required.
9.Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
10.Ability to keep a positive, calm attitude in stressful situations.
11.Ability to work independently without constant supervision.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Dental Health Associates of Madison, LTD is an equal opportunity employer.