Dental Hygienist Skills

Dental Hygienist Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Here's a list of dental hygienist skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Dental Hygienist Skills

A - C

  • Adaptable
  • Administering Local Anesthesia 
  • Administering Sealants
  • Advising Patients about the Impact of Nutrition on Dental Health 
  • Applying Fluoride Treatments
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals
  • Charting 
  • Cheerful
  • Cleaning and Polishing Teeth
  • Coding Procedures for Dental Claims
  • Collaborating with Dental Co-Workers
  • Comfort Working with Patient Blood, Saliva and Odors
  • Commitment to Continuing Education
  • Communicating Patient Information to the Dentist
  • Compassion
  • Complying with Government Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Composing Notes about Procedures and Patient Status
  • Conducting Preliminary Dental Assessments
  • Conversing Comfortably with Patients
  • Conveying the Benefits of Accepting Treatments
  • Customer Service

D - M

  • Demonstrating Appropriate Ways to Floss and Brush
  • Dependable
  • Detail Orientation
  • Eaglesoft
  • Educating Patients about Preventative Practices
  • Empathy
  • Establishing Rapport with Diverse Clientele
  • Finesse with Distressed Patients
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Following Instructions/Commands from Dentists
  • Handling Instruments
  • Maintaining Infection Controls
  • Maintaining Patient Confidentiality
  • Multitasking

N - R

  • Obtaining Patient Medical History
  • Organizational
  • Outgoing 
  • Patient Relations
  • Place Locally Applied Antimicrobials
  • Positive Attitude
  • Precision
  • Preparing Patients for Examination by the Dentist
  • Prioritizing
  • Processing X-Ray Films
  • Recommending Dental Products to Patients
  • Root Planing

S - Z

  • Scaling 
  • Scheduling
  • Screening for Oral Cancer
  • Spanish
  • Sterilizing Dental Instruments
  • Stress Management
  • Subtlety Promoting Cosmetic Procedures
  • Supervising Dental Assistants and other Support Staff 
  • Taking Blood Pressure
  • Teamwork
  • Testing and Recommending New Dental Hygiene Products for the Office
  • Training Dental Assistants and other Support Staff 
  • Using Digital Radiography
  • Working Quickly

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