Dental Hygienist
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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This is a dental hygiene position for the department of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. It involves performing dental prophylaxis, oral hygiene instructions, patient education, and maintaining a recall program for the patients of the department.


  • Take oral and written medical history.
  • Remove calculus from beneath the gum tissue using manual scaling instruments or ultrasonic instrumentation – perform root planing when necessary.
  • Remove stains and tartar from the physical portion of the teeth by means of manual scaling and ultrasonic instrumentation.
  • Polish all tooth services with a slow speed rotary engine with pumice dentifrice and fluoride.
  • Apply tooth toughening agents under specific time allocations.
  • Process and mount dental and oral radiographs.
  • Examine and chart tooth structures for existing fillings and obvious decay as well as the presence and absence of teeth. Take and record blood pressure. Instruct patients in preventative dental and periodontal care.
  • Examine, probe and chart the gum tissue for pocket depth and gum disease.
  • Chart presence of any abnormalities of the soft or hard tissue.
  • Apply topical anesthesia during root planing and scaling when necessary. Also, notify dentist if patient requires local anesthesia procedures.
  • Develop and maintain a patient recall system and notify patients by mail or telephone of appointment times. Participate in periodontal surveys and follow up studies. Assist in planning, organizing and conducting clinical research – both NIH and private.
  • Set up and maintain clinical office for patient care. Follow OSHA standards regarding patient care and personal care. Follow CWRU procedures regarding sterilization of instruments and tracking.


  • As a resource person, answer student questions regarding dental hygiene practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


    Department: Contact with all faculty and staff.

    University: No contact

    External: Daily contact with patients and vendors.

    Students: Daily contact as required by residents’ rotation.


    No supervisory responsibility.


    Experience: 2 to 5 years dental experience, preferably in dental hygiene.

    Education/Licensing: High school diploma and graduate of an ADA accredited program in dental hygiene required.


    Must be familiar working with a cavitron as well as the management of dental and oral hygiene for patients with dental implants.


    Employee will be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, ultraviolet lights and x-ray. Must wear appropriate gloves, laboratory coat and protective eyewear. Will be expected to list up to 20 lbs.

    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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