hygienist, dental

hygienist, dental,

n a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventative care. Professional prophylaxis, radiographs, sealants, and nonsurgical periodontal therapy are among the procedures performed by a hygienist. Most are licensed to administer local anesthesia, depending on applicable regulations in their area. They usually work for a dentist in a dental office or clinic under a form of supervision. In some locations hygienists are allowed to practice without a dentist's supervision.
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The CDHC, who differs significantly from the model which was proposed by the American Dental Association, would be a dental hygienist, dental assistant or other trained person who completed training approved by the board to provide preventive, educational and limited palliative procedures under general supervision in settings other than the dental office.
Keywords: dental hygienist, dental hygiene profession, oral health care, change
Success will be assured if the patient has already demonstrated trust by allowing the dental hygienist, dental assistant or dentist to brush teeth without resistance before scheduling chair time.
Boucher, RDH, BS, public health dental hygienist, dental program manager at Cabarrus Health Alliance, Kannapolis, North Carolina and adjunct faculty, University of North Carolina, Department of Dental Ecology, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Ticknor's career, including the roles of clinician, prison hygienist, dental hygiene educator, state and national association officer including former ADHA District VII trustee from 1995 to 1999, committee volunteer member, continuing education presenter, regional board examiner and secretary/treasurer for the SD State Board of Dentistry were highlighted as she was presented the award at the SDDA Membership Lunch.
Boucher, RDH, BS, public health dental hygienist, dental programs manager, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Kannapolis, North Carolina; adjunct faculty, University of North Carolina, Department of Dental Ecology, Chapel Hill, North Carolina