Mar 27, 2020


  • BTL Technologies, Inc.
  • Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield, CA, US 93301 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA, US 90073 (Primary) North Hills, CA North Hills, CA, US 91343 Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA, US 93454
Full-Time Government Health Care Other

Job Description

Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield, CA, US 93301
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA, US 90073 (Primary)
North Hills, CA North Hills, CA, US 91343
Santa Maria, CA Santa Maria, CA, US 93454

Job Type Full-time Job Title Dental Hygienist Job Description


The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.






  • The Dental Hygienist shall receive scheduled patients, complete preliminary dental examinations on new dental service patients and reviews patients medical and dental history for evidence of past and present conditions such as mental illness and use of drugs which may complicate or alter dental hygiene treatment.
  • Examine the teeth and surrounding tissues for evidences of plaque and periodontal disease and chart findings; inspects the mouth and throat for evidence of disease such as oral cancer; interpret routine x-rays to identify tooth structures, calculus, and abnormalities such as cavities, traumatic occlusion, and suspicious lesions to present to the dentist.
  • Prepare dental hygiene treatment plans for patients including assessment of the problem, type of oral hygiene care required, and the sequence of appointments needed to complete treatment.
  • Render routine and advanced prophylactic treatment on ambulatory patients, remove calcium deposits, accretions and stain by deep scaling, root planning and curettage under local anesthetic. Polish the teeth and apply fluoride for caries prevention and hypersensitivity.
  • Work in conjunction with periodontal consultants and staff dentist in the treatment of patients with advanced periodontal disease requiring periodontal treatment including surgery, and assist in the pre and post-operative care of these patients by providing deep scaling, curettage and root planning with ultrasonic and hand instruments: remove restoration overhangs and polish restorations, chart periodontal tissues, examine and chart pocket depths, inspect radiographs and record bone heights, disclose plaque and rate oral hygiene and plaque control.
  • Instruct patients at chairside in oral hygiene, brushing and flossing techniques, and periodontal aids which increase the amount of stimulation to the teeth. Will plan and adapt instructions in home care techniques, tailoring them to the oral hygiene needs and oral problems of individual patients.
  • Explains to patients the cause of periodontal disease and tooth decay, and the importance of diet and hygiene as it relates to oral and systemic health takes radiographs on patients including bitewing, periapical, and panoramic x-rays.
  • Makes necessary adjustments and select the type of radiograph that shall be necessary for patient’s mouth. Prepares, cleans and provides maintenance to the x-ray equipment according to infection control and RME guidelines.
  • Manages a dental disease prevention program for patients with special problems, such as pre and post treatment follow up for maxillofacial patients and patients who have been scheduled for radiation treatment; renal dialysis; neuropsychiatric and patients with severe psychological and medical problems; stroke patients; diabetic patients; and drug and alcohol rehabilitation patients
  • Removes sutures, replaces dressings, takes impressions for study casts and for construction of mouth guards or special trays for the application of fluoride in post radiation oral cancer patients.
  • Maintains the patient recall system to insure continuous, close follow up treatment for each patient involved in the dental prevention program.
  • Utilizes VAGLAHS Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and DRM Plus to input patient dental activity data and outpatient for various hospital reports
  • Maintain and clean dental equipment, instruments and assigned spaces according to current Infection Control policies, OSHA and RME guidelines, including, but not limited to, dental chair/unit maintenance, equipment inventory, instrument inventory, and supply management in the operatory and supply rooms.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in dental hygiene from a school Accredited by the American Dental Association
  • Must possess a current unrestricted license by the State of California.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience as a dental hygienist
  • Must possess current BLS/CPR through the American Heart Association
  • Must have a valid TB Test

Location Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield, CA 93301 US
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA 90073 US (Primary)
North Hills, CA - North Hills, CA 91343 US
Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria, CA 93454 US
Category Medical Shift Type



Dental Assistant-Hygienist  



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