PAY RANGE: EP21
PUBLIC HEALTH DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTITIONER
This is dental work at the practitioner level in the care and treatment of the teeth and gums of patients in the City’s Dental Health Clinics. Employees in this class provide educational, preventative and therapeutic, and intra-oral services. Employees perform hygienist duties such as examining teeth and other oral structures, cleaning teeth, applying sealants, and topical fluoride and performing radiological procedures. Employees additionally maintain records of dental treatment. Employees may be assisted by lower-level auxiliary personnel in the dental clinic. Employees in this class must work at multiple health centers and on varying shifts as assigned based on health center needs.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
1. Positions in this class must be located in one of the City’s Health Clinics.
2. Positions in this class must perform practices of a dental hygienist without authorization, assignment or examinations by a dentist.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
Performs the duties described below with English speaking and designated non- English speaking populations.
Assesses dental condition and needs of patient including examining head, neck and oral cavity for disease; uses patient screening procedures to include medical history review and medications; perform oral cancer screenings, conducts dental charting and periodontal charting for diagnosis and treatment.
Delivers direct patient care to patients using established dental hygienist procedures; takes impressions of teeth; administers local anesthesia under the direct supervision of a dentist, performs treatment procedures such as oral prophylaxis, scaling, root planning, cutterage, polishing, places chemotherapeutic medicaments and subgingival agents, conditions teeth for and applies protective topical agents, sealants and fluorides and related procedures within scope of practice for public health dental hygiene practitioners.
Takes and processes dental digital x-rays using imaging software; operates the electronic health records system to submit billing requests and to manage existing health center patient treatments.
Develops and implements individualized dental care plans for patients; performs patient/family education including good oral hygiene, flossing and brushing techniques, and nutritional counseling; performs discharge planning.
Assists with emergency measures for sudden adverse developments during treatment of patients.
Assists in preparation of patient care areas; attends meetings, prepares reports and assists as required with triage and/or office duties such as scheduling.
Orders and maintains dental hygiene instruments and supplies.
Instructs children and adults in the health center, at schools and in the community on proper dental care and oral hygiene; promotes maintenance of oral health between visits.
May direct activities of lower-level dental auxiliary staff and may provide Health Education Training on a quarterly basis.
Performs related work as required.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 2/19.)
Certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner.
Certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry to administer Local Anesthesia.
One year of dental hygiene experience in a dental practice or clinic.
Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in English and a designated non English language.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, Health Science or Allied Health from an accredited college or university.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which includes certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner and certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry to administer Local Anesthesia.
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
Possession of a valid license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as a Dental Hygienist at the time of application, at the time of appointment, and during tenure of employment.
Possession of a valid license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry to administer Local Anesthesia at the time of application, at the time of appointment and during tenure of employment.
Certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner at time of application and during tenure of employment.
CSC – 4/12
Ad Board – 5/12
CSC – 10/15
Ad. Board – 10/15
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC – 12/18
Ad. Board – 2/19