Oregon Health & Science University Dental Hygienist- Instructor in Portland, Oregon

Work Unit Description

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.

Read more about the School of Dentistry: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-dentistry

The Russell Street Clinic became an OHSU community dental clinic in 1974. The mission is to provide oral health care to the community; focusing on populations with specific needs such as the working poor and those living with HIV/AIDS. OHSU Dental Students and Residents and Dental Hygiene Students from 4 local programs also perform extramural rotations at the clinic. The clinic receives partial federal grant funding and contracts with local surrounding counties to provide dental care.

The Dental Hygienist, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, instruct hygiene students, dental students, and institutional staff on the techniques of oral hygiene and dental health. This position provides direct patient care in dental hygiene and renders preventive and therapeutic oral prophylaxis and promotes interest in the prevention of dental disease and demonstrates proper care of the mouth and teeth.

The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.


Functions/Duties of Position

This position is under the supervision of the Director of the Russell Street Clinic. The duties of this position are in support of the missions, goals and objects of OHSU and the School of Dentistry and include: Participation in the education of residents and dental students. Specific responsibilities will focus on clinical and didactic teaching in dental hygiene at the graduate and predoctoral level, and providing direct dental hygiene patient care.

The general pattern of working hours corresponds with scheduled clinic hours, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. Deviations from this pattern may be necessary at times. Job duties include:

Dental Hygiene Education (50%): Instructs and demonstrates to patients or students of various age levels proper care of the mouth and teeth; promotes interest in the prevention of dental disease; instruct hygiene students, dental students, or institutional staff on the techniques of oral hygiene and dental health; Coordinates/supervises the Community Based Partnership Dental Education Training Program for all the dental hygiene students from partner Dental Hygiene programs as part of the HRSA Grant. Participates in the clinical/didactic education of dental and hygiene students providing appropriate oral care for HIV/AIDS clients in compliance with the HRSA Grant. acts as a back up to the Oral Health Care Coordinator for Ryan White HIV clients, nters information into CareWare as required, and attend local and regional meetings as needed for RSC Grant, Head Start, and community services.

Oral Prophylaxis (50%): Under the general supervision of a dentist, diagnose and treatment plan for dental hygiene services; removes calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth by scaling accumulation of tartar from teeth and beneath margins of gums using rotating brush, rubber cap, and cleaning compound; performs root planning and curettage; renders fluoride treatments and polishes exposed tooth surfaces using rotating cap and polishing compounds; applies sealants; applies topical anesthetic and desensitizing agents; administer local anesthesia; makes preliminary intra- and extra-oral examinations and charts conditions of decay or disease for diagnosis and treatment by a dentist; places or removes periodontal dressings; removes matrixes and rubber dams. May include some chairside assisting support.

Job Requirements


  • Licensed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry as a Dental Hygienist
  • Graduate of a dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Experience with dental hygiene students instruction on techniques of oral hygiene and dental health of special needs patients
  • Current BLS certification from the American Heart Association
  • Experience as a hygienist in the last five years
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Public health experience
Additional Details

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Job Title: Dental Hygienist- Instructor

Department: School of Dentistry, Russell Street Clinic

Location: RSC 0102

Drug Testable: Yes

Job: IRC77711

FTE: 1.0, Full Time

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Location: Portland, OR (Russell St. Clinic)

Job Type: Faculty