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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
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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.
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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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

dental hygienist

A person who assists a dentist at the chair-side and who provides preventive dental care, such as scaling and cleaning.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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