Registered Dental Hygienists

Registered Dental Hygienists

Job Description

Registered dental hygienists at Summerland Dental are skilled professionals who are trained to provide exemplary preventive dental care, focusing on the assessment and maintenance of oral hygiene. With their expert knowledge in dental anatomy and disease prevention, they assess patients' oral conditions, including examining teeth and gums for signs of decay or periodontal diseases.

Utilizing specialized instruments such as probes and scalers, they also remove plaque or tartar buildup that may contribute to cavities or gum inflammation. Moreover, they educate patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques tailored to their specific needs, emphasizing the importance of regular check-ups with dentists while addressing any concerns or questions raised by individuals. By conducting thorough cleaning sessions and applying fluoride treatments, these dedicated professionals assist in preventing future dental issues while promoting overall well-being through good oral health practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide preventative dental care services, including oral health assessments, dental cleanings, and fluoride treatments.
  • Educate patients about proper oral hygiene techniques and the importance of maintaining good oral health.
  • Perform thorough teeth and gum examinations to identify any signs of diseases or abnormalities.
  • Take dental X-rays as necessary to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Administer local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort during certain procedures.
  • Apply sealants or other preventive materials to protect teeth from decay.
  • Remove plaque, calculus (tartar), and stains from teeth using specialized tools.
  • Monitor patients' progress over time by documenting their oral health status and keeping detailed records of treatment plans.

Qualifications and Skills

Educational Background

To become a registered dental hygienist, individuals must possess a minimum of an associate's degree in dental hygiene from an accredited program. This comprehensive education equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their duties effectively.


Obtaining state licensure is essential for practicing as a dental hygienist. Candidates must successfully pass both written and clinical examinations administered by the American Dental Association's Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE).

Clinical Skills

Registered dental hygienists need to have excellent clinical skills to provide preventive oral care services. They should be proficient in performing thorough teeth cleanings, scaling and root planing procedures, administering local anesthesia if permitted by state regulations, applying sealants, taking X-rays, and conducting periodontal assessments.

Knowledge of Oral Anatomy and Pathology

A deep understanding of oral anatomy is crucial for identifying abnormalities or potential issues during patient exams. Dental hygienists should be able to recognize signs of periodontal disease, oral cancer symptoms, cavities, or other problems through visual inspection or radiographs.

Patient Communication

Strong communication skills are vital as dental hygienists interact directly with patients on a daily basis. They must effectively educate patients about proper oral hygiene techniques while tailoring advice based on individual needs. Empathy and patience are important qualities when dealing with anxious or fearful patients who require reassurance throughout their treatment.


Upholding high standards of professionalism is crucial in this role. Registered dental hygienists must adhere to ethical guidelines set by professional associations while maintaining confidentiality regarding patient information at all times. Demonstrating empathy towards patients' concerns helps create a comfortable environment where individuals feel valued.

Who We Are

Summerland Dental is a dental practice that has been providing exceptional family dentistry services to the communities of Lower Keys since 1987. Every member of our dedicated team shares a passion for oral health and strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for our patients.

At Summerland Dental, we understand the importance of building long-lasting relationships with each individual who walks through our doors. With an emphasis on preventative care, we are committed to educating our patients about maintaining optimal oral hygiene habits that will benefit them throughout their lives. Our mission at Summerland Dental is simple: to provide comprehensive dental services tailored specifically to meet the unique needs of every patient we serve.

Work Schedules

2 Days: Monday and Wednesday

4 Days: Monday to Thursday

How to Apply?

To apply, simply email your resume and a well-crafted cover letter that showcases your exceptional skills and relevant experiences to

Join our dental practice and become a part of our compassionate team, where your expertise will be nurtured in an environment that values patient care above all else.

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Summerland Key, FL

24986 Overseas Hwy, Summerland Key, FL 33042


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Office Hours

  • MON - WED8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • THU8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • FRI - SUNClosed
(305) 745-1522