dental hygienist


Definition of dental hygienist

: a licensed dental professional who cleans and examines teeth

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The Army offers about 150 jobs, ranging from X-ray technician to dental hygienist, but the positions Morley listed as current fiscal year needs are mostly infantry, special forces, air defense and field artillery jobs. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "U.S. Army pushes to boost recruiting in Phoenix amid its enlistment crisis," 26 Aug. 2019 Dental therapists, a profession between dental hygienist and dentist, have been approved in four states in the past year and now are allowed to practice to varying degrees in 12 states, including Michigan and Minnesota. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Using dental therapists in Wisconsin draws broad support, but Wisconsin Dental Association opposed," 21 Aug. 2019 When the lifetime earnings of the college educated are compared to the skilled trades — e.g. plumbers, hairdressers, electricians, dental hygienists — the earnings differences narrow considerably and employment prospects increase greatly. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019 Melissa Davila of Benson High School Davila, a senior, plans to become a dental hygienist., "2019 Rose Festival queen is Mya Brazile of St. Mary’s Academy," 8 June 2019 Studies, however, show that there may be less connection between state licensure, safety and quality than people assume even in occupations with health risks such as opticians and dental hygienists. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Polis’ libertarian streak shows in his vetoes of three more occupational licenses," 7 June 2019 Cristina, mother of two, married to Dean Kowal, is a dental hygienist. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/23," 23 May 2018 The idea for the company came from Cyndi Sladics, the family matriarch, who spent 31 years as a dental hygienist and recommended straws to patients with sensitive teeth and staining worries. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "Why I Use a Glass Straw," 17 May 2018 Coronado has enrolled into a dental hygienist program for Hispanics at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Photos: Monterrey named State's High School Teacher of Year," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of dental hygienist

1916, in the meaning defined above

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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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