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Whitney M. Young Health Center


June 12, 2023


Albany and Troy


Under the direction of the Dental Director or designated Dentist, is responsible for providing quality treatment and preventive oral health care to the patients of Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc (WYH). Services provided may include assessment of oral health conditions, dental charting, taking and developing dental radiographs, removing calculus and plaque, applying preventative material to teeth or other responsibilities as appropriate to the profession and as approved by New York State and outlined in the WYH Collaborating Agreement.


• Record and update medical history of patient.

• Examine patient, reports any abnormalities and/or medical concerns to doctor. before

proceeding with oral prophylaxis.

• Render oral prophylaxis and fluoride treatments.

• Removing calcareous deposits, accretions and stains, including scaling and planning of

exposed root surfaces indicated for a complete prophylaxis

• Provide patients with dental health education on an individual basis.

• Take necessary dental radiographs and properly expose, process and mount the film.

• Perform dental and/or periodontal assessments as an aid to diagnosis by the dentist and to assist

the dental hygienist in providing dental hygiene services.

• Polish teeth including existing restorations.

• Make assessments of the oral and maxillofacial area as an aid to diagnosis by the dentist.

• Take impressions for study cases.

• Record dental charting of existing dentition and all treatment, patient education and

progress notes in the Dental Record, authenticates all entries by placing time, date and

signature in the Dental Record. Navigate EMR as needed to fulfill job duties.

• Create dental claim on EMR.

• Knowledge of Medicaid guidelines and provide treatment accordingly.

• Disinfect and sterilize instruments used in the performance of duties and keeps treatment

area clean and orderly; following infection control and preventive maintenance procedures.

• Assists the Dental Administrative Assistant with the maintenance of the patient recall


• Screen urgent care and emergency walk-in patients, and take necessary radiographs.

• Maintain operatory Infection Control Logs.

• Maintain necessary supplies in the operatory.

• Participate in the Dental Department peer review process.

• Participate in the departmental and center wide performance improvement activities

• Attend and participates in Dental Department staff meetings.

• Demonstrates excellence in both internal and external customer service.

• Understands and is able to effectively communicate HIPAA compliance, corporate compliance

and client confidentiality.

• Ensures and/or remains in compliance with local, state, and federal regulation, i.e. DHHS HRSA

and NYSDOH, and all accreditation standards (e.g. Joint Commission and NCQA-PCMH).

• Adheres to the National Patient Safety Goals as defined by the Joint Commission and

Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center.

• Completes other duties as assigned.


Graduate of an accredited dental hygiene school and currently licensed and registered in New York

State. One (1) or more years’ work experience.


Desired Start Date

Salary range: $72,000 - $78,000 annually

Full Time Dental Hygienist

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