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“Serving Humanity to Honor God”

This mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System – the largest healthcare system in South Texas. This creates a unique avenue to ensure the Methodist Healthcare System continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed, and it provides revenue to Methodist Healthcare Ministries for its programs.


“To be the leader
for improving wellness
of the least served”

Essential Duties:

Performs oral prophylaxis on patients, scaling and root planning, polishing, to include the application of topical fluorides, sealants, topical anesthetics, and desensitizing agents to teeth and/or gingiva, as well as placing localized subgingival antibiotic (Arestin) as approved by Dentist.
Instructs patient on proper oral hygiene care and maintenance of dental prosthesis.
Records and maintains periodontal charting via Florida Probe
Records vital signs, medications, and treatment of patient; reviews and updates patient health history.
Practices and maintains proper infectious disease control procedures, including cleaning and sterilization of dental instruments and disinfection of operatory.
Assists in placing necessary supplies needed in monthly order request list for Supervisor.
Indicates Next Visit for unscheduled and incomplete treatment with Dentist in EDR.
Schedules hygiene Next Visit appointments at end of hygiene visits.
Conducts Peer Reviews as assigned by Supervisor.
On occasion, may need to expose and process digital diagnostic radiographs using bitewings, periapical and panoramic film, and alerts dentist to observations.
Assist in planning of health fairs and community events.
Conduct oral health group training/dental education.
Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene or related science or graduate of an accredited Dental Hygiene Program required; bachelor’s degree preferred. At least three years of experience and/or training as a Dental Hygienist required; in some clinics, at least two years of experience working with children in family practice or pediatric dentistry is preferred.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to read and analyze medical documents. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Fluent in English and Spanish required.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently.

Certificates and Licenses:

Licensed by the Texas Board of Dental Examiners as a Registered Dental Hygienist, valid CPR certification and Jurisprudence certification required. Must be able to acquire Adjunct Faculty privileges with the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) within 3 months of hire.

Computer Skills:

Demonstrate working knowledge of the Internet, Outlook, Word and Excel, and electronic dental records software. Knowledge of other digital dental diagnostic software and/or instruments is necessary.


Ability to drive and have access to a car; maintain valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the team member is exposed to a dental office environment having direct contact with patients and clients. Position necessitates bending, stooping, twisting, turning, walking, climbing step stools, sitting and standing for periods of time. Must be able to lift and maneuver at least 25 pounds.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) and subcontractor(s) shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

MHM complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

MHM expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of MHM’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

MHM makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform a job unless such accommodation would impose an undue business hardship. Please let us know if you need an accommodation to participate in the application process.

Alternative application methods are available for individuals who are unable to use or access our online application system.

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