State of Washington Classified Job Specification
DENTAL HYGIENIST 2
Performs oral prophylaxis; conducts a dental hygiene education program; directs student dental hygienists; performs expanded dental hygiene duties delegated by a dentist.
Under general supervision, performs expanded dental hygiene technical and restorative dental procedures and periodontal therapy in conjunction with dental students, dentists and physicians.
Performs primary dental hygiene duties including: reviews patient health history; conducts preliminary oral examination including periodontal charting; takes intra-oral photographs; takes vital signs; performs oral prophylaxis including sub-gingival and supra-gingival scaling, root planing and soft tissue curettage; applies fluoride treatments and sealants;
Takes impressions for diagnostic models; retracts gingival tissue prior to impression; fabricates temporary restorations; adapts stainless steel crowns and perform other duties as provided by the State of Washington's dental laws;
Exposes and processes X‑rays; performs dental prophylaxis; performs preliminary oral examinations;
Educates patient in oral hygiene, including dietary analysis; performs periodontal charting;
Injects local anesthetic for restorative and surgical procedures
Administers nitrous‑oxide‑oxygen analgesia;
Performs root planning and soft tissue curettage;
Applies rubber dam to isolate teeth;
Places cement base; places amalgam matrix bands and wedge; condenses and carves amalgam restorations;
Adjusts occlusion following removal of rubber dam; adapts celluloid matrices for placement of composite resins; inserts and finishes composite resin restorations;
Retracts gingival tissue prior to impression; fabricates temporary restorations in crown and bridge procedures; places and removes temporary restorations; fits and cements stainless steel crowns;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: principles, techniques, terminology, and practices of dental hygiene; normal and abnormal conditions of the mouth; community health organizations and agencies concerned with dental health; preventive dental health services.
Ability to: establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with professional and lay groups; speak effectively before groups and present information in a clear and concise manner; render prophylactic treatment to patients; perform expanded dental hygiene duties.
A valid Washington State license as Dental Hygienist.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A valid Washington State license as Dental Hygienist and two years of experience as a Dental Hygienist.
Class Specification History
New class, consolidates 6465 Dental Hygienist and 54170 Dental Hygienist 2; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007