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Dental Hygienist

Howard Brown Health
Chicago, Illinois
36.83 - 48.67 hourly based on years of experience
Closing date
Jun 21, 2024

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Dental Hygienist
Contract Type
Job Type
Full Time

Job Details

  • Mission: Rooted in LGBTQ+ liberation, Howard Brown Health provides affirming healthcare and mobilizes for social justice. We are agents of change for individual wellbeing and community empowerment.
  • Vision: Howard Brown Health envisions a future where healthcare and transformative social policies actualize human rights and equity for all.   
  • Community-based health clinics in some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods
  • The largest LGBTQ health provider in the Midwest
  • Latinx inclusive community based on respect, equal opportunity, and appreciation of diversity to provide the culturally competent support and services within Howard Brown Health.

What is in it for you:

  • A commitment to work-life balance with:
    • 3-weeks paid vacation and 1-week of personal time
    • 12 accrued sick days per year
    •  9 paid holidays, including Juneteenth
    • PTO Exchange allows employees to turn unused PTO into liquid assets
  • Employer-sponsored health, dental, and vision insurance with two PPO plans and an HMO plan.
    • BCBS HMO, PPO, and PPO Select Plans
      • HMO premium = $ 34.40 /month
    • BCBS Dental premium = $ 13.00/month
    • EyeMed Vision premium = $ 6.52/month
  • 401k program with up to 5% employer match after 90 days = $1,700+
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance valued at one times the annual salary
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D, and Short-term and Long-term disability
  • Up to $720 pre-tax commuter and parking benefit account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent care
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Forgiveness Programs; NHSC & PSLF
  • Employee Assistance Program with 5 employer-paid counseling sessions
  • 50% off at Brown Elephant Resale Shops and discounts at local businesses

What you can expect:

Howard Brown Health is seeking a full-time, registered dental hygienist for our dental services team.  Being committed to patient care and excellence, this person will have a critical role in our core values and mission to better serve our patients.  This person will support dental care delivery by preparing the treatment room, patient, instruments, and materials; passing instruments and materials. They will assist the staff dentists in assisting with performing procedures in compliance with the Dental Practice Act.

How you will make an impact:

·         Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and protocols.

·         Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, soothing, seating, and draping patient.

·         Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.

·         Maintains instrumentation for dental hygiene treatment by sharpening, sterilizing, and selecting instruments.

·         Selects materials and equipment for dental hygiene visit by evaluating patient's oral health.

·         Completes dental prophylaxis by cleaning deposits and stains from teeth and from beneath gum margins.

·         Preliminary charting of oral cavity and surrounding structures including case history.

·         Take and develop dental x-rays.

·         Teach patients good oral hygiene techniques.

·         Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.

·         Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.

·         Documents dental care services by charting in patient records.

·         Generates patient referrals to specialists as ordered by Dentist, using the appropriate channels as dictated by the patient’s dental insurance carrier.

·         Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.

·         Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.

·         Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.

·         Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.

·         Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies

·         Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

·         Safeguards confidentiality of the medical charts/records and complies with all local, state, and federal laws pertaining to medical records.

·         Participates in all required team meetings and continuing education in-services.

·         Adheres to Howard Brown Core Values and Customer Service Expectations.

·         Participate in emergency preparedness plan as dictated by the policy and procedures.

·         Provide competent nonsurgical periodontal therapy

·         Adhere to the Soft Tissue Management Protocol

·         Maintain an active Periodontal  Maintenance Program

·         Performing other duties as assigned

What you will bring to Howard Brown:

·         High School diploma or equivalency

·         Previous dental experience

·         Knowledge of HIPAA, OSHA, and regulations pertaining to the practice of dentistry in Illinois.

·         Exceptional customer service skills

·         Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

·         Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with an interdisciplinary team

·         State Licensure/Certification State Licensure/Certification as required to work as a dental hygienist

·         Active CPR

·         Compliance with any other licensing  requirements ie CE

·         Current Certification to Administer Anesthetic is preferred


·         Requires ability to speak audibly and listen actively.

·         Requires ability to use computers, telephones and other office equipment.

·         Requires ability to sit for extended periods of time.

·         May require occasional bending and lifting up to 25 pounds.

·         May require periodic travel.

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at Howard Brown are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, FMLA status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statutes.


Howard Brown exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

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