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Columbia University Dental Hygienist in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 498910

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Medical Center

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Health/Clinical


Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine (CDM) is one of the preeminent dental schools in the country with more than 430 faculty, 410 students and trainees, and over 200 staff members. CDM is the largest provider of oral health services in northern Manhattan providing more than 140,000 visits annually.

The Dental Hygienist is responsible for providing comprehensive hygiene treatment services to the CDM patient population. Will also assist in the teaching and supervision of dental students during their intake rotations.


  • Patient screening procedures; such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse.

  • Assist in teaching and supervision of dental students during their intake rotations.

  • Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays). Removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth. Applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides).

  • Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling).Counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health.

  • Making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs).

  • Performing documentation and office management activities.

  • Check treatment room for cleanliness and make necessary changes.

  • Maintain a supply inventory for hygiene treatment.

  • Review, select and submit orders for patient education materials for the practice.

  • Submit supply orders to business manager once a month or as necessary.

  • Properly discard all disposable items from each visit.

  • Assemble soiled instruments in appropriate cassettes for return to central sterilization area.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Position Specific Minimum Qualifications

  • Valid NYS Dental Hygienist Registration Certification

  • Complete 2 year of post-secondary education for an accredited dental hygiene program

  • Experience providing prophylaxis and taking x-rays

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.