dental hygienist

a person who is trained and licensed to clean teeth, take dental x-rays, and provide related dental services and care, usually under the supervision of a dentist.

1920–25; dental hygiene + -ist Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
dental hygienist
Also called: oral hygienist a dentist's assistant skilled in dental hygiene

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Medical Dictionary

dental hygienist n.
A person trained and licensed to provide preventive dental services, such as cleaning the teeth, usually in conjunction with a dentist.

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Example sentences
Visit your dental hygienist twice a year for thorough cleanings--they remove many stains.
Then he began to have eyes for a dental hygienist, and that little romance took off hot as a bottle rocket.
Lord knows, everyone from your grandma to your dental hygienist are going to be talking about it.
Use this form only if you are or have been licensed as a dental hygienist in another jurisdiction.
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