Public Education Program Focus
In Ontario, you can expect to receive quality preventive oral hygiene care from health professionals who are registered with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO).
The College isn’t a school itself, but does make sure that dental hygienists meet all of the required training and educational standards before they can practise or use “dental hygienist” as a professional title. The College also has a mandatory quality assurance program, which requires dental hygienists to maintain current knowledge and practices.
Only regulated health professionals—unlike unregulated care providers—are responsible to a regulatory body for the quality of care they deliver.
The College has the responsibility and legal authority to protect the right of Ontarians to quality oral health care services. To represent the public’s interests, the College is directed by a Council that consists of both members of the public and members of the profession.
Protecting the interest and rights of the public is a commitment which the College takes very seriously.
As part of this commitment, the College wants you to be aware of your rights when seeing a dental hygienist.