Dental Hygienist Part Time

Geisinger Health System

Job Summary

Performs preventive and therapeutic direct patient care. Meets the qualifications and holds appropriate licensure to provide care for patients of all ages.

Job Duties

Performs external and internal oral evaluations and records comprehensive periodontal and restorative dental charting.

Performs prophylactic treatment and provides services that may involve placement of sub-gingival agents, periodontal probing, scaling (manually or mechanically to remove subgingival and supragingival plaque, calculus or stains), root planning, and full mouth debridement.

May administer pain control agents such as topical anesthetic, Oraquix and and or local anesthesia (in accordance with 5, relating to local anesthesia permit).

Applies caries preventative agents including topical fluoride trays and varnish, dental sealants, desensitizing agents to root surfaces, and places temporary restorations when necessary.

Exposes and processes dental radiographs.

Provides patient education and home care protocols by discussing and demonstrating homecare techniques and products for patient use as part of an individualized self-care program.

May include the importance of good nutrition and tobacco cessation in maintaining optimal oral health.

Completes new medical questionnaire annually.

Updates and reviews medical health history and completes all electronic medical record screenings at every dental visit.

Cleans and sterilizes instruments and disinfects dental equipment and operatory.

Maintains responsibility for general operatory and clinic maintenance, as well as monitors expiration dates on supplies.

Maintains current professional license and technical skills with continuing education and mandatory in-house training programs and performance improvement activities as applicable.

Attends and participates in appropriate monthly meetings.

When time permits, monitors their own schedules and communicates with scheduling pod to ensure cancellations and open slots are filled.

Assists in other areas as appropriate and as time permits.

Reply to patient questions and concerns.

Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.

Position Details


Associates Degree-Dental Hygiene (Required)


Certification(s) and License(s)

Basic Life Support Certification – Default Issuing Body; Licensed Dental Hygienist – PA State Board of Dentistry

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation. SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners. Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. We know that a diverse workforce with unique experiences and backgrounds makes our team stronger. Our patients, members and community come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and it takes a diverse workforce to make better health easier for all. We are proud to be an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.