Practice and Employment Settings

Where Do I Find Dental Hygienists?

Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings, but the most common and easy way to find a dental hygienist will almost always be at your local dental office. As prevention professionals, your dental hygienists will be able to help you find the answer to your questions, whether you have general questions about your oral health condition, or you need advice on which products in the marketplace would best meet your needs.

Dental hygienists are most commonly found in:

private dental offices

institutions (e.g. hospitals, long-term care facilities)

public health/community health/homecare and other outreach programs

primary health centres

educational institutions (e.g. universities and community colleges)

the military


industry (e.g. insurance and dental supply companies)

consulting firms

regulatory bodies and professional associations

regional health authorities

private dental hygiene clinics

Some useful links about the profession of dental hygiene:

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association(CDHA) link:

Code of Ethics document:

Dental Hygiene Definition Scope and Practice:

Dental Hygiene Competencies document:

Alison MacDougall,
Mar 19, 2016, 11:19 AM