Dental Hygienist – Southwest Montana Community Health Center – Dillon, MT

Dental Hygienist

Part-time 2 days per week

FLSA Non-exempt

Wage DOE

Candidate review begins on 4/29/222. Position open until filled.

Southwest Montana Community Health Center Core Competencies, Mission, and Vision

Integrity and Trust

Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct and truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent themselves for personal gain.


Maintains confidentiality of others’ personal information; can be trusted to represent the SWMTCHC outside the organization; meets and complies with all medical, regulatory, and licensing standards; takes ownership of their own actions and is accountable for their own mistakes; follows through on what they say they will do.

Mission and Vision Integration

Adheres to the Mission and Vision of the SWMTCHC during both good and bad times; is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of the SWMTCHC mission and vision; acts in line with the values of the mission.


To inspire hope and empower wellness by providing access to comprehensive healthcare


A stronger Montana through community and wellness


Articulates and sincerely demonstrates the mission consistently through examples such as: treats all people (patients/staff/other agencies, etc.) equally; exercises non-judgmental behavior; listens to others without making assumptions, uses eye contact and acknowledges others; makes decisions that are focused on the patient/staff. Demonstrates strong emotional intelligence attributes.

Team Relations

Understands and supports the team approach; is seen as team player and is cooperative; easily gains the trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers; fosters open dialogue; creates a feeling of belonging to the team.


Effectively able to communicate (can give and receive both positive and constructive feedback) with peer group and other staff to get the message across; knows appropriate team members to consult relative to the issue or situation; willingly shares knowledge and information with appropriate team members; actively seeks opportunities to help the team.

Position Summary

Under the general direction and supervision of the Dental Director/Dentist, this position treats and educates patients in the control and prevention of oral disease through proper oral hygiene and regular professional care within appropriate scope of practice across the lifespan.

Position Requirements

Education: Graduate from an accredited college or university with a degree in Dental Hygiene

License: Possess a current MT Dental Hygiene License and a MT Anesthesia License, Current certification in BLS

Experience: Two years prior experience in a dental clinic preferred; experience serving a diverse patient population across the lifespan

Job Requirements

  • The ability to carry out functions of a Dental Hygienist, as described by the MT Department of Occupational Licensing and this document
  • The ability to operate a computer system and apply basic computer skills
  • The ability to become proficient in the use of computerized imaging and electronic dental record program
  • The ability to communicate effectively with patients and staff
  • Possess and apply the skills necessary to effectively treat patients of all age groups, regardless of special needs of patient
  • Perform duties in a manner that is both professional and compassionate
  • Apply knowledge in a manner that allows the needs of each provider and therefore each patient to be met

Essential Functions, Roles, and Responsibilities

  • Provides direct patient care by providing prophylaxis, fluoride treatment, sealants, patient education, perio-examinations, perio-scaling and root planing, application of desensitizing medication, oral cancer examination, providing local anesthesia, and other procedures as directed by dentist
  • Assesses patient’s medical history
  • Provides treatment and education to patients with the goal of controlling and preventing oral health disease such as caries and periodontal disease
  • Takes and records vital signs prior to treatment, when necessary
  • Records diagnosis, procedural codes, treatment notes, and treatment plans in the patient chart
  • Provides patient with necessary education, including pre- and post-operative instructions
  • Sterilizes and maintains instruments and supplies according to clinic policy
  • Prepares operatory appropriately for each patient
  • Assists dental providers as needed including seating patients, anesthetizing, answering phones, making appointments, and assisting with the flow of the office without direction
  • Acts as a SWMTCHC liaison and representative by providing community oral health education and services off site to include schools, senior centers, and organizations as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Competent in dealing with racially and ethnically diverse populations
  • Knowledge of medications used in conjunction with dental hygiene work
  • Knowledge of health record keeping and dental charting
  • Knowledge of OSHA Blood borne Pathogen Standards and adherence to safety standards
  • Basic computer skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to educate patients across the lifespan in all aspects of oral hygiene including consequences and treatment options for periodontal disease

Legal Concepts

  • Practices with the scope of education, training, and personal capabilities
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Follows federal, state and local legal guidelines; follows license criteria when licensure applies
  • Maintains HIPAA & OSHA compliance
  • Maintains OSHA compliance
  • Reports any evidence of abuse or neglect to provider or appropriate official

Supervision: This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Immediate Supervisor: Dental Director/Dentist; in his/her absence,Dentist

Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

General office/clinic conditions are pleasant; good, clean working conditions where accident and hazards are negligible; requires short periods of moderate lifting, pushing or pulling objects up to twenty pounds. Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with the staff and public.

Position is based in the Dillon; however, position responsibilities may require travel to Butte on occasion. Use of personal vehicle may be required for travel; therefore, a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance and registration is required.

OSHA Classification I: Normal work routine involves potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood and/or body fluids; use of appropriate protective measures is required.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Southwest Montana Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: From $31.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
We follow all recommended or required protocols regarding COVID-19

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Dillon, MT 59725: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Application Question(s):

  • Are you willing to undergo a background check in accordance with regulations?
  • What is your preferred wage?
  • Successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption on file. Weekly testing or other measures may be required based on data metrics. Do you understand this requirement? (yes or no)


  • Associate (Preferred)


  • Dental Hygienist: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Registered Dental Hygienist (Required)

Work Location: One location

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