College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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What to Expect from your Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are registered health professionals who specialize in preventing oral health problems and diseases. They work with individual clients or communities to prevent tooth, gum and mouth diseases and injuries that can affect overall health.

Dental hygiene services are provided to people of all ages—clients range from parents in prenatal classes to seniors in long-term care centres.

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).


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Dental hygienists provide a range of personalized care, which includes:

  • Assessing your medical and dental history
  • Respecting your confidentiality and privacy
  • Completing comprehensive assessments of the condition of your teeth and gum
  • Screening for oral diseases such as oral cancer
  • Explaining treatment and then getting your permission to provide that treatment
  • Referring you to another health care practitioner if they find an area of concern
  • Discussing your oral health with you
  • Developing a personalized care plan in which oral disease prevention is a priority
  • Explaining how dental hygiene care can help you have a healthy mouth and body
  • Offering safe, effective dental hygiene therapies that restore gum health and prevent cavities and gum disease
  • Practising standard infection control by using sterilized instruments and wearing gloves, a mask and eye protection