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.

dental hygienist

n
(Dentistry) a dentist's assistant skilled in dental hygiene. Also called: oral hygienist

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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However, similar to 37 other states, Oregon does have a direct access dental hygienist model under the title of Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist (EPDH).
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.
In the dental setting, many dental hygienists are responsible for the mandated plans for office compliance, and they would be an asset in creating the emergency/disaster plans also.
The ability of a dental hygienist to initiate treatment based on their assessment of a patient's needs without the specific authorization of a dentist, treat the patient without the presence of a dentist, and maintain a provider-patient relationship.
David Campbell, his assistant Jane Kelley and dental hygienist Dorothy Rabinowitz donate their time to provide dental care to people who otherwise could not afford it.
With solid input from ADHA, the 20152016 dental hygienist profile well reflects the sustained input of ADHA over many years and is a vastly improved portrayal of the education, expanding scope of practice and direct access capacity of dental hygienists than the previous 2013-2014 dental hygienist profile.

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