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Dental Hygienist/ I-Smile Coordinator/Education

Cherokee, IA

Dental Hygienist/ I-Smile Coordinator 

Flexible hours/Office from home options pertaining to applicants in the following counties:

Cherokee, Plymouth, Sioux, Lyon, Emmet, Palo Alto, Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, Osceola

If you are looking to make a difference and drive your success, you have come to the right place. Cherokee County Public Health’s mission is to provide quality services across the healthcare continuum to the community in a caring atmosphere while maintaining quality healthcare professionals. We are looking for a candidate with a passion to serve the citizens in our service area.

As a Registered Dental Hygienist, you will be responsible to provide direct services for the school-based fluoride varnish and sealant program targeting underserved populations, provide dental health education and complete oral health screenings for Iowans to reduce the burden of oral disease.


Benefited, Full time, 40 hours weekly, Primarily, 32hrs/week spent promoting oral hygiene throughout the service area 8hrs/week spent providing direct care services.

You will:

  • Provide direct preventive services within the scope of practice.
  • Develop, maintain, and cultivate relationships with schools and daycares within the service area and local partners
  • Will participate in school based health center assessments and hygiene services, nutrition counseling, OHI, and fluoride varnish.
  • Educates patients as to the condition of their oral health, their option for treatment, and consequences of treating or not treating and provides home care instructions including alternatives for diet.
  • Review and update the patient’s history and complete data entry through an electronic management system.
  • Orders, stores and maintains office and dental supplies and equipment; sharpens, cleans and sterilizes dental instruments and portable dental sealant equipment; maintains dental equipment; ensures dental supplies are orderly, clean, and well stocked.
  • May perform basic office tasks such as filing, calling patients, scheduling appointments and other office duties within the Public Health office.
  • Improve dental health equity, promote quality improvement, and policy development.
  • Attend required in-services as stated in policies and procedures.Work with the public, exhibiting courteous behavior, non-judgmental attitude, being culturally aware and maintaining client confidentiality.

To thrive in this position, you should be comfortable providing services to individuals across the lifespan but especially with children. You should have the ability to travel within the assigned region. You should be able to lift up to 50 pounds to setup portable dental equipment and workstation. You should have the ability to communicate effectively and have a proactive attitude toward finding and recruiting new schools, dentists, partners, and creating and maintaining educational resources.

To be considered for this position, you are required to have an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and must have a current license to practice dental hygiene in Iowa. Candidate should have knowledge of principles and practices of preventive dentistry and an interest in dental public health.

Skill to: Instruct patients of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds in the techniques, practices, and methods of promoting and maintaining good oral hygiene; implement standard office procedures and use modern office equipment effectively; organizational skills to maintain and sterilize dental instruments and equipment; develop, review, update and recommend dental programs protocols, policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with regulations and guidelines; maintain effective working relationships with the public, other health care professionals and patients/clients; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Travel will be required. The individual hired must have a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel from one location to another within the service area on their own.  Depending on the role, employees may work from home, onsite or both. This position will have the option to be partially remote and requires you to travel to schools and clinics throughout the region.

Competitive wage and benefits offered include: paid time off, health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short term and long term disability, retirement program, tuition assistance, funeral leave, jury duty, flex spending, EAP, health and wellness program.


Status: Full Time

Category: Medical/Health

Occuaption: Dental Practitioner

Industry: Healthcare Services