Registered Dental Hygienists

Registered dental hygienists are important members of the oral health care team. They provide a process of care involving professional treatment and advice to help prevent periodontal (gum) disease and dental cavities, as well as ways to support total wellness.

Dental hygienists:

·       Assess patient needs; develop a dental hygiene diagnosis; plan and implement dental hygiene services; and evaluate the outcomes of care provided.

 ·       Educate individuals and groups in the care of teeth and gums, and the development of healthy lifestyles.

·       Evaluate research, information and techniques so that clients receive the best care.

·       Administer programs and clinical practice to promote quality cost effective services.

·       Help people get information about the health and dental care available in their community.


Registered Dental Hygienists also work as members of multidisciplinary health teams in residential care facilities, hospital settings, public health units and community care centres. Client care is coordinated in conjunction with other health services such as those provided by dieticians, speech language therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and social workers.

Alison MacDougall,
Mar 19, 2016, 11:19 AM
Heather Cassidy,
Feb 10, 2020, 5:34 PM