Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

December 12, 2007 11:04 ET

New Nova Scotia Dental Hygiene Legislation Reduces Gap in Oral Health Services

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2007) - The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association congratulates Nova Scotia dental hygienists on new dental hygiene legislation. The Nova Scotia government has modernized dental hygiene legislation to permit dental hygienists to practise on their own without a dentist. This will improve access to oral health care, since dental hygienists will now provide services to the public in long-term care facilities, private clinics, community health centres, and remote areas. Dental hygienists have portable instruments, so their mobile clinics can now address the needs in under serviced areas. Dental hygienists in Nova Scotia will join the ranks of other self-regulated professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and dentists. The College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia will regulate dental hygienists and ensure that the public receives quality, safe dental hygiene services and the best public protection possible.

There is a growing trend for provinces to update their dental hygiene legislation and Nova Scotia joins Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario in having done so. In these provinces, the public can receive oral health services from the most appropriate oral health care professional, when they need it, and where they need it. Executive Director, Susan Ziebarth reports, "We anticipate that New Brunswick will be the next province to modernize their legislation". For information on oral health tips, to learn about clients' rights and to access our Health Promotion Database visit www.preventionprofessionals.ca

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