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hygienist

 [hi´jen-ist]
a specialist in hygiene.
dental hygienist a dental health specialist whose primary concern is nonsurgical periodontal therapy, maintenance of dental health, and prevention of oral disease. Patient education in proper brushing and interdental cleaning (such as with floss or a water jet) is also a major responsibility of the dental hygienist. In most states the dental hygienist must work under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.

The minimum education required for dental hygienist licensure is two academic years of college in an accredited dental hygiene program with an associate's degree and a certificate in dental hygiene. Dental hygiene is also offered in bachelor's and master's degree programs. The registered dental hygienist (RDH) must have successfully completed the written and practical examinations required by the state in which he or she wishes to practice.

Dental hygienists may be members of their professional organization, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), whose address is 444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611.

den·tal hy·gien·ist (D. Hy., DH),

a licensed, professional auxiliary in dentistry who is both an oral health educator and clinician, and who uses preventive, therapeutic, and educational methods for the control of oral diseases.

dental hygienist

n.
A person trained and licensed to provide preventive dental services, such as cleaning the teeth and taking x-rays, usually in conjunction with a dentist.

dental hygienist

an oral health care professional authorized to provide clinical and therapeutic services under the supervision of a licensed dentist, including dental prophylaxis, radiography, administration of medications, and dental education at chairside and in the community. In some states, a dental hygienist with additional education may administer local anesthetics and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia, place and carve filling materials, conduct additional periodontal procedures, and function as a public health specialist. To practice as a registered dental hygienist, a person must complete at least 2 years of postsecondary education in an accredited community or dental college or university, successfully complete written and practical examinations, and be approved by a state or regional board of dental and dental hygiene examiners.

den·tal hy·gien·ist

(den'tăl hī-jē'nist)
A licensed, professional auxiliary in dentistry who is both an oral health educator and a clinician, and who uses preventive, therapeutic, and educational methods for the control of oral diseases.

dental hygienist

A person who assists a dentist at the chair-side and who provides preventive dental care, such as scaling and cleaning.

den·tal hy·gien·ist

(DH) (den'tăl hī-jē'nist)
Licensed, professional auxiliary in dentistry who is both an oral health educator and clinician, and who uses preventive, therapeutic, and educational methods for the control of oral diseases.
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