How to write a Dental Hygienist job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Dental Hygienist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Dental Hygienist job titles

    Dental Hygienist
    Lead Dental Hygienist
    Paediatric Dental Hygienist
    Dental Hygienist (Part-Time)
    Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Dental Hygienist job summary

Our growing dental practice needs a Dental Hygienist to join our close-knit team. We serve all demographics of the population, from preschoolers to the elderly, and we operate a busy office with high levels of traffic. In addition to preventive care appointments and scheduled procedures, we accept walk-ins and take emergency calls. If you don’t mind working late or on weekends occasionally, you might be a great fit for this position. The ideal candidate will have a calm, reassuring and friendly demeanour as well as the ability to multitask in a fast-paced atmosphere.

Dental Hygienist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Dental Hygienist responsibilities

    Collect medical and dental histories from patients
    Chart dental conditions based on dentist’s observations and evaluations
    Create moulds of patients’ teeth in preparation for dentures, bridges and other prostheses
    Sterilise dental instruments and tools
    Instruct patients of all ages on proper dental hygiene and care
    Take X-rays of patients’ teeth and develop them for dentist’s use
    Provide chair-side assistance during dental procedures

Dental Hygienist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Dental Hygienist skills

    Tertiary qualification in dental hygiene required (bachelor’s preferred)
    Current driver’s licence required
    3+ years’ experience as a Dental Hygienist
    5+ years’ experience as a Dental Assistant also accepted
    Excellent verbal communication skills
    Availability to work overtime, including weekends
    Experience working with children preferred
    Basic understanding and knowledge of HIPAA privacy rules
    Current CPR certification required

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