Nett Lake, MI

Bois Forte

Posted On: Jul-06-2021
Status: This Job is Closed
In performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees of Bois Forte Band of Chippewa are expected to conform to the
• Uphold all principles of confidentiality to the fullest extent.
• Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards of the tribal government (may also be referred to as “Band”).
• Interact in an honest, trustworthy, and respectful manner with employees, community, visitors, and vendors.
• Comply with Bois Forte Band of Chippewa policies and procedures.
• Display respect and understanding of Bois Forte Band of Chippewa traditions and values.
The Dental Hygienist provides comprehensive oral health education and dental hygiene treatment to diverse patient groups with
assistance from other staff members of the Dental clinic. The Dental Hygienist will promote dental health by completing dental
prophylaxis; providing oral cancer screening, and radiographic studies. Chart conditions of decay and disease and also perform
procedures in compliance with the State of Minnesota.
1. Completes preliminary examinations on new dental service patients and reviews patient's medical and dental history;
examines the teeth and periodontium for evidence of plaque and periodontal disease and charts the findings including
plaque index, bleeding scores, microscopic microbial morphology, pocket depths, CPITN scores, tooth mobility, crepitus,
etc.; inspects the mouth and throat for evidence of diseases such as oral cancer; takes, develops and interprets routine
X‐Rays to identify tooth structures, calculus, and abnormalities such as cavities, traumatic occlusion, and report these to
the dentist along with any other suspicious lesions.
2. Prepares dental hygiene treatment plans for patients, including assessment of the problem, type of oral hygiene care
required, and the sequence of appointments needed to complete treatment. Maintains recall system for careful followup of patients that need continued care or evaluation. Greet, escort, and seat patients.
3. Performs a complete oral prophylaxis on ambulatory and non‐ambulatory patients. Administers local anesthesia under
theindirect supervision of the dentist. Performs deep sub gingival scaling, root planing, and gingival curettage. Polishes DENTAL HYGIENIST Page 2
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the teeth and applies fluoride for hypersensitivity and caries prevention. Provides sub gingival irrigation with
chemotherapeutic agents. Gives home care instructions to patients after curettage.
4. Instructs patients at chair side in oral hygiene, brushing and flossing techniques, and periodontal aids which increase
the amount of stimulation to the periodontium. Plans and adapts instructions in home care techniques, tailoring them
to the oral hygiene needs and oral problems of individual patients. Explains to patients the causes of periodontal
disease and tooth decay, and the importance of diet as it relates to oral and systemic health.
5. Perform orthodontic treatments as directed by the Dentist.
6. Review medical history and check if patient took premedication when indicated.
7. Record preliminary charting of the oral cavity and surrounding structures to include existing restorations, missing teeth,
and periodontal charting of pocket depths, mobility and furcation.
8. Apply medicaments as prescribed by the Dentist.
9. Apply pit and fissure sealants as directed by the dentist.
10. Administer local anesthetic for selected cases.
11. Complete prophylaxis to include scaling, root planing, soft tissue curettage and mechanical polishing to crowns.
12. Provide ultrasonic scaling.
13. Remove excess cement from inlays, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances with hand instruments.
14. Remove sutures.
15. Remove marginal overhangs.
16. Take and pour alginate impressions for study casts and trim models.
17. Provide topical fluoride treatments.
18. Sharpen instruments.
19. Complete patient charting of services performed.
20. Inform dentist of any special treatment considerations.
21. Sterilize, disinfect dental instruments and equipment according to I H S protocol.
22. Follow occupational safety guidelines for dental personnel.
23. Update list of supplies and equipment needed on supply list. Keep current inventory stocked.
24. Clean and organize trays and tubs and operatory drawers in hygiene room.
25. Educate patients on oral health including plaque control instruction, oral appliance care, fluorides, nutrition and diet
counseling, and preventative dentistry as designated by the dentist.
26. Perform oral health screenings for community programs as requested and approved by the Dentist.
27. Assist in developing, implementing and monitoring community dental prevention programs including National
Children's Dental Health Month.
28. Assist the receptionist with scheduling patient appointments and other duties as requested.
29. Attend staff meetings and continuing education courses as approved by the dentist.
30. Abide by the policies set forth by the Bois Forte Tribal Government and Bois Forte Health and Human Services.
31. Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
32. Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
33. Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols.
34. Perform additional duties as assigned.
Experience: • One year professional experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist.
Education: • Completion of two‐year or four‐year degree in Dental Hygiene which has been approved by
• The American Dental Hygiene Association/Commission on Dental Accreditation.
License/Certification: • Current registration as a Dental Hygienist in the State of Minnesota.
• CPR certification.
• Completion of ADA approved course on local anesthesia.DENTAL HYGIENIST Page 3
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Mandatory Knowledge,
Skills, Abilities and
Other Qualifications:
• Knowledge of the dental hygiene sciences including the principles, practices, and procedures
of dental hygiene to conduct and coordinate with others the preventive dental health
activities of the dental service; perform specialized oral hygiene care; develop instructional
materials and guidelines for standardizing the delivery of preventive care; and instruct
student dental hygienists in the various clinical procedures of hospital preventive dentistry.
• Knowledge of the health center’s medical and dental services, the characteristics and needs
of the patient population, principles and practices of dental public health and the resources
available in order to develop and carry out the preventive dentistry program.
• Skill in planning and presenting dental hygiene lectures, demonstrations and instruction
using knowledge of dental hygiene sciences and practices including effective techniques of
motivation and behavioral change.
• Skill in performing specialized prophylactic and preventative dental hygiene procedures for
individuals and special population groups such as diabetics, cardiac complications, severe
caries and periodontal disease.
• Knowledge of medical diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease as they relate to
the care and treatment of the teeth in order to perform bedside prophylaxis, and provide
specialized therapeutic dental hygiene procedures and individually tailored home care
instruction to patients and community groups.
• Knowledge of related sciences such as anatomy, histology, nutrition, pharmacology,
principles and techniques of dental hygiene, and the dental instruments and materials to
perform specialized hygiene procedures including scaling, root planning and sub gingival
• Skill in teaching and evaluating dental auxiliary performance in the area of dental prophylaxis
and oral hygiene instruction.
• Skill in forming and maintaining interpersonal community‐based relationships to carry out
requisite community health projects.
• Familiarity with the mandatory reporting requirements under the Indian Child Protection Act,
with regards to suspected incidence of child abuse or child neglect. Ability to communicate
effectively orally and in writing is required.
• Ability to work independently and establish work priorities is required.
• Attention to detail and accuracy is required.
• Subject to pre-employment and annual background checks.
• Some travel is required.
• Basic operation of a workstation (turning on/off, knowledge of basic functions and
components) and general office equipment Use/storage/maintenance of multiple usernames
and passwords. Computer-related problem-solving skills through the use of available
trainings and help desk.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.), internet software and appropriate
storage of electronic files.
• Ability to perform other duties as assigned.
• A record of satisfactory performance in all prior and current employment as evidenced by
positive employment references from previous and current employers.DENTAL HYGIENIST Page 4
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• Prior experience working with Indian Health Services (IHS), a tribe, or tribal organization.
Work environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee
encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the
noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Limited overnight travel may be
required from time to time. This position may be exposed to certain health risks that are inherent
when working within a health center facility, such as potential exposure to hazardous chemicals,
sharps and infectious body fluids.
Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the primary functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the
employee may be required to frequently stand, walk, sit, bend, twist, talk, hear and perform repetitive
motions. There may be prolonged periods of sitting, keyboarding, reading, as well as driving or riding in
transport vehicles. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision
abilities required by this job include reading, distance, computer, and color vision. Talking and hearing
are essential to communicate with the community, visitors, employees, and vendors.
Mental demands: There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must be able to handle
frequent interruptions and must also multi-task and interact with a wider variety of people on various
and, at times, complicated issues.
The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa has implemented a Tribal and Indian Preference in Employment Policy. Pursuant to this Policy,
applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position, and who are enrolled members of the Bois
Forte Band of Chippewa Tribe will be given primary preference in hiring and employment for this position. Members of other
federally-recognized Indian tribes will be given secondary preference for hiring and employment after providing proof of tribal
membership. Tribal and Indian preference is integrated into the interview and scoring process for candidates for job positions.
Confidentiality: All employees must uphold all principles of confidentiality to the fullest extent. This position may
have access to sensitive information and a breach of these principles will be grounds for immediate
This position may be subject to a criminal history background check, a suitability background check
and/or a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) check. In addition, some positions are subject to a 101-630
background check in an effort to ensure compliance with Public Law 101-630 “Indian Child Protection
and Family Violence Prevention Act.” Candidates must be able to successfully pass all required
background checks to qualify for this position.
Drug Screening: All applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening prior to beginning
employment and will be subject to random drug testing.
Disclaimer: The information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees in this
position. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees
assigned to this position. Employees will be asked to perform other duties as needed.DENTAL HYGIENIST Page 5
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our website at to download an application. Applications are accepted via: Fax, Email, U.S. Mail,
and In Person. Submit applications to: Human Resources Specialist 5344 Lakeshore Drive, Nett Lake, MN 55772, Fax:
218-757-3312, Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted