dental hygienist


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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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dental hygienist

n
(Dentistry) a dentist's assistant skilled in dental hygiene. Also called: oral hygienist
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den′tal hygien′ist


n.
a person who is trained and licensed to clean teeth, take dental x-rays, and otherwise assist a dentist.
[1920–25]
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Noun1.dental hygienist - someone trained to provide preventive dental service (cleaning teeth or taking x-rays)dental hygienist - someone trained to provide preventive dental service (cleaning teeth or taking x-rays)
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
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To become a dental hygienist you will need to take a General Dental Council (GDC) approved course, such as a foundation degree in oral health science or a diploma of higher education (DIPHE) in dental hygiene and dental therapy.
As a dental hygienist you would carry out procedures, such as scaling and polishing teeth, and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants.
When you have completed your qualification you will need to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) before you can work as a dental hygienist.
To qualify as a dental hygienist you must take a two-year full-time Diploma in Dental Hygiene.
Dental hygienists are most often employed in dental offices, where they are responsible for some important patient care services.
It is safe to say, though, in this era of limited resources, that unless an on-site dental hygienist is required by state licensing boards, this position will most likely be passed over.

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