Dental Hygienist- UT Dentists/Harris Health Community Clinics

Houston, TX

Dental Hygienist- UT Dentists/Harris Health Community Clinics

Location: Houston, Texas


Category: Allied Health

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Requisition #: 240000N4

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

UTHealth Houston's School of Dentistry is hiring a Dental Hygienist to join their team working in community health centers that are part of a large academic public health system. The ideal candidate will have experience working within community based clinics. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) is also preferred. Flexible 32 hour/4 day work week schedule!

Location: Harris Health System’s Health Centers with local travel to other community clinics required.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Performs dental prophylactic and periodontal maintenance services and conducts educational programs for the prevention and control of dental disease.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Performs periodontal exams including charting and intra-oral exam under the direction of the attending dentist for diagnosis. Updates medical history every 6 months, takes radiographs as needed and provides therapeutic treatment including prophylaxis, scaling and root planing and maintenance procedures.

  2. Provides preventative dental treatment such as application of drugs, fluoride, pit, and fissure sealant to the surface tissues and exposed surface of human teeth, and marginates amalgam restorations to smooth the filling borders.

  3. Advises patients on proper home care for the treatment of teeth and gums.

  4. Performs and maintains productivity expectations as outlined by the assigned department and/ or clinic.

  5. Maintains records of patients seen, procedures performed, and the materials used to ensure accurate and current record keeping in the electronic health record system (EHR).

  6. Schedules patient appointments, review if periodic oral evaluation is needed and assign to appropriate dental provider, prepare and confirms appointments the day before the appointment, and enters patient information into the computer. Sets up and restocks the cubicle work area.

  7. Identifies and schedule appropriate referrals as needed.

  8. Utilizes the assigned electronic health record system (EHR) to set-up recall appointments.

  9. Establishes and maintains productive relationship with all members of the dental team. Provides a dental hygiene perspective of the patient for the attending dentist, resident, and dental assistant to enhance the total dental care treatment.

  10. Coordinates, plans, and presents educational programs to students and residents to ensure greater comprehension of proper dental practices. Determines timing, place, presentation materials, and hand-outs. Presents instructions and conducts demonstrations with models in the proper methods of brushing teeth and gums.

  11. Stays up to date with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/ BLS) training in order to respond to emergency situations.

  12. Responds to emergency situations.

  13. Performs other duties as assigned.


Licensed to practice dental hygiene by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. CPR/BLS Certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) required upon hire. Recertification required every 2 years.

Minimum Education:

High school diploma or equivalent and completion of an approved dental hygiene training program.

Minimum Experience:


Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Veteran Information:

Military occupations that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include but are not limited to:003007, 001155, 002669, L35A, 4Y071H, 4Y071, 4Y0X1, 890, 001260, 18D, 4N0X1, 4A0X1, 68E.

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Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.