Definition of dental hygienist in English:

dental hygienist

noun

  • An ancillary dental worker specializing in scaling and polishing teeth, and giving advice on oral hygiene.

    • ‘Your dentist may recommend occasional appointments with a dental hygienist.’
    • ‘General dentists and dental hygienists can also provide more limited periodontal care.’
    • ‘In 1908, Alfred C. Fones established the first school for dental hygienists; by midcentury, every state recognized and regulated hygienists.’
    • ‘In some states, dental hygienists can open an independent practice and in others they can administer anesthetics.’
    • ‘Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to tell you whether you are cleaning your teeth properly and advise you on how to clean any areas you are missing.’

Pronunciation

dental hygienist