The Dental Hygienist provides oral health screenings, sealant application for the Dental Sealant Program and fluoride varnish application for the First Teeth First Program for children 0-12 years of age in order to reduce the burden of dental disease.
This position will travel between various offices/locations throughout Maricopa County (i.e. West Valley, North and Central Phoenix.)
Minimum education and/or experience:
Associate's degree from a college of Dental Hygiene accredited by the American Dental Association.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
A valid unrestricted license to practice Dental Hygiene issued by the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners. Degrees/credits must be from an academically accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:Knowledge of:
Administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
OSHA Blood borne Pathogens.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
Verbally communicating with others to convey information effectively.
The use of standard office equipment and software.
The use of computer applications including spreadsheets, database and word processing software.
Completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail.
Provide meticulous care within scope of practice, delegate effectively to assisting personnel to complete the treatment in an efficient and professional manner, and within the allotted time.
Adhere to OSHA, Infection Control, and Client Confidentiality protocol.
Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
Work as a member of a team with moderate supervision.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree or above from a college of Dental Hygiene accredited by the American Dental Association. Experience in a pediatric public or dental health setting. Experience with portable dental equipment. Clinical dental hygiene experience.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Completion of Dental sealant training programs or other dental public health programs.
Position will involve daytime travel to work sites throughout all of Maricopa County. Occasional attendance at events outside of Maricopa County. Must be able to participate in emergency response training as scheduled and be available to respond as directed in the event of a public health emergency. Requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business.
Essential Job Tasks
Utilizes a national screening protocol, performs pediatric oral health screenings for children 0-12 years and pregnant women, applies dental sealants or fluoride varnish, to children in elementary schools, WIC clinics, Immunization clinics, preschools, childcare centers and other community-based sites throughout Maricopa County.
Provides one-on-one oral health education as well as educational presentations to site staff, children, parents, pregnant women, nurses, teachers, school administration, community members or others as directed in order to educate individuals on proper oral health practices and to promote the County's oral health programs.
Includes attendance at parent-teacher and other community groups on evenings or weekends, staffing tables at conferences and open houses.
Collects oral health medical histories using required protocol in order to assure successful sealant application.
Records findings in OOH databases or spreadsheets, while adhering to OSHA, Infection Control, and Client Confidentiality protocol.
Provides program support activities such as picking up/dropping off equipment, supplies, forms, etc. to Public Health offices, directs children at the site, makes phone calls, copies documents, fills out reports, packs/unpacks school or site supplies, sterilizes instructions.
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.