Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

April 15, 2007 09:00 ET

Dental Hygienists: The Authoritative Voice for Oral Health

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 15, 2007) - The week of April 15 to 21, 2007 marks National Dental Hygienists Week, a celebration of the dental hygiene profession. As primary oral health care professionals, dental hygienists are the first point of contact in the oral health care system. They provide oral health education, disease prevention, and treatment. Today, approximately 18,000 dental hygienists are licensed to practice in Canada. To ensure that you get safe and effective dental hygiene care, your dental hygienist follows the standards established by a regulatory authority in each province and territory.

Dental hygienists contribute to your oral and general health, sometimes offering life-saving advice. For example, there are many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease that are linked to oral disease. Dental hygienists provide you with knowledge about these links. As well, dental hygienists conduct oral cancer screenings, which is the first step in an early diagnosis.

Did you know?

Your dental hygienist can...

- Provide preventive therapy to decrease the need for more expensive
restorative dental treatments.
- Work with you to maintain the best possible oral health.
- Use the latest dental technologies and research.
- Give you quit smoking resources and advocate for a smoke-free

To best meet your individual needs dental hygienists work in a
variety of settings! They may...

- Provide care with oral health professionals, doctors, and nurses.
- Work in public health, conducting oral health screenings in
- Offer mobile services to seniors in long-term care facilities, or
in their homes.
- Manage or work in hospital dental clinics.

To learn more about the dental hygiene profession and oral health, visit

Contact Information

  • CDHA
    Judy Lux, BA, MSW
    Health Policy Communications Specialist
    613-224-5515, ext. 123