dental hygienist


Definition of dental hygienist

: a licensed dental professional who cleans and examines teeth

Examples of dental hygienist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2013, a dental hygienist with her 18-month-old daughter in tow tried to drive onto the White House grounds, and was chased to the Capitol, where she was shot to death by police. Jerry Schwartz, Star Tribune, "Capitol has seen violence over 220 years, but not like this," 6 Jan. 2021 As one example, one of my remote-site colleagues experienced a COVID-19 threat on Jan. 8 after an unvaccinated dental hygienist who had been in my colleague’s mouth for 45 minutes on Jan. 7 showed COVID-19 symptoms. Anchorage Daily News, "We’re considering mandatory vaccinations, but some of our employees say they don’t want the vaccine," 19 Jan. 2021 In January, my dental hygienist brought up architecture out of the blue. Anne Quito, Quartz, "2020 is the year when the public learned how vital design is for survival," 23 Dec. 2020 Earlier this year, Dotti Ohlman, 54, of Tucson, Arizona, was busy working as a dental hygienist, fitness instructor and sales rep for a company that organized conventions. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Millions of Americans unemployed because of COVID are still waiting on unemployment assistance," 22 Dec. 2020 Alexandra Seely, a 27-year-old dental hygienist, had never been in court except to deal with a traffic ticket. USA Today, "For Trump supporters primed to disbelieve defeat, challenging the election was a civic duty," 3 Dec. 2020 Tonkin, a dental hygienist, is limited to a single, 90-minute visit with her mother in her senior home each week, during which time they are required to stay 6 feet apart and not hug, kiss or hold hands. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "'My heart aches': Minnesota seniors brace for a long and lonely holiday season," 21 Nov. 2020 Use Clean Mode to give your mouth a deep and thorough cleaning to maintain healthy teeth and wow your dental hygienist at your next visit. Liz Sommer, Chron, "Boost your oral care routine with the AquaSonic Black Series Toothbrush," 11 Nov. 2020 Weaver King was a dental hygienist, while King was a resident at Howard University School of Medicine and was only visiting the city at the time. CBS News, "Lives to remember: Those we've lost to coronavirus," 24 July 2020

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First Known Use of dental hygienist

1916, in the meaning defined above

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6 Feb 2021

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“Dental hygienist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dental hygienist

: a person who works with a dentist and whose job includes cleaning people's teeth

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Medical Definition of dental hygienist

: a person who assists a dentist especially in cleaning teeth

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