Dental hygienists are health care professionals that prevent health disorders related to improper dental hygiene. Dental hygienists are experts in oral health, structure, function, and oral health-related tools and techniques. They use this knowledge to assess and treat oral hygiene, to prevent disease, and to help people maintain normal health. Oral health-related disorders prevented by dental hygienists include:
Dental hygienists provide services in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, or in a dental health team at a dental clinic or hospital. These services include:
In Ontario, “Dental Hygienist” is a regulated profession subject to the Standard of Practice, Policies, Practice Guidelines and Code of Ethics defined by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.
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