Advanced Dental Therapist/Dental Hygiene

Website Open Cities Health Center

Open Cities Health Center is a nonprofit community health center that has been serving thousands of people since 1967. We are also a federally qualified health center (FQHC) which means we receive a federal grant to see low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients.

Our Mission

The mission of Open Cities Health Center is to provide culturally competent primary and preventive health care and related services to all people throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of high risk and vulnerable populations through the provision of affordable medical and dental care and related services.

Our Vision

Open Cities Health Center is recognized for assuring that every citizen of the Twin Cities metropolitan area has access to quality preventative, primary health care and related services, regardless of ability to pay. Open Cities Health Center, Inc. is recognized as the preferred healthcare provider for all citizens and tax payers in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, while empowering people to improve their quality of life and their life chances.

Ethical Principles and Practices Open Cities Health Center (OCHC) understands that employees play different but equally important roles. Everyone associated with OCHC must recognize the impact their role plays in our overall success. The success and future opportunities for individual employees is built around the overall success of the organization. Every OCHC employee, volunteer, student worker and contractor is to always project a professional image. Our practices remain consistent with OCHC ‘s mission and strategic plan. Because of this, staff, volunteers, and contractors strive to live by our values of:

Diversity / Inclusion

We meet each other’s cultural needs and embrace our cultural differences and create an environment honoring each other’s dignity and contributions.


We create a caring environment that encourages healing, growth, and well-being, and delivers accessible and responsive health care and human services.


We earn the enduring goodwill of our clients, our patients, and their families, and we are accountable and hold ourselves to high standards.

Commitment to Excellence

We support the rapid diffusion of new ideas and new technology and deliver an integrated holistic approach to health and human services.


We treat each other fairly and behave ethically.

Job Duties:

  • Provide oral health instruction and disease prevention education. This should include nutritional counseling and dietary analysis.
  • Take diagnostic radiographic images
  • Mechanical polishing of restorations
  • Application of topical, preventive, and prophylactic agents. Including, but not limited to, fluoride varnishes and pit and fissure sealants
  • Pulp vitality testing of teeth requiring further diagnosis
  • The application of desensitizing medication or resin
  • Fabrication of athletic mouth-guards
  • Placement of temporary restorations
  • Fabrication of soft occlusal guards
  • Tissue conditioning and soft reline as required by a patient.
  • Atraumatic restorative therapy
  • Dressing changes following dental therapy
  • Tooth re-implantation following luxation
  • Administration of local anesthetic and nitrous oxide
  • Dental Therapist Indirect Supervision:
  • Emergency palliative treatment of dental pain
  • Placement and removal of space maintainers
  • Preparation of cavities, caries and recurrent caries removal in both permanent and primary teeth
  • Restoration of both primary and permanent teeth
  • Cementation and placement of provisional crowns
  • Preparation, placement and cementation of preformed crowns
  • Pulpotomies on primary teeth
  • Indirect and direct pulp capping on both primary and permanent teeth
  • Stabilization and splinting of teeth which have been re-implanted
  • Extractions of primary teeth
  • Suture removal
  • Brush Biopsies
  • Repair of defective prosthetic devices
  • Re-cementation of permanent crowns
  • Advanced Dental Therapist:
  • All of the above duties listed under general supervision.
  • Nonsurgical extractions of periodontally diseased permanent teeth with tooth mobility of +3 to +4
  • Oral Evaluation and assessment of dental disease and the formulation of an individualized treatment plan; as authorized by the collaborating dentist.


  • Knowledge and desire to work within a dental public health model of service delivery.
  • Knowledge and ability to understand and follow through on dental treatment plans. Ability to collaborate with dentist to find appropriate treatment plan for a patient.
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to constructively educate patients on oral health and motivate follow through of needed treatment.
  • Ability to work within Minnesota Statues and the Minnesota Dental Practice Act.


  • Dental Therapy degree from an accredited Dental Therapy Program
  • Licensed to practice Dental Therapy in the State of Minnesota

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: Open Cities Health Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open Cities Health Center is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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