Scopes of Practice > Dental Hygienists



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

The practice of dental hygiene is the assessment of teeth and adjacent tissues and treatment by preventive and therapeutic means and the provision of restorative and orthodontic procedures and services.



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

A dental hygienist is a regulated primary oral health care professional who specializes in services related to clinical therapy, oral health education and health promotion. Dental hygiene is a health profession involving theory and evidence-based practice, drawing upon the biomedical, social, and behavioural sciences, and the body of dental hygiene knowledge. The practice of dental hygiene involves collaboration with clients, other health professionals, and society to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, an integral part of well-being.



Summarized Controlled Acts

Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis (partial)

Fitting or dispensing a dental prosthesis, orthodontic or periodontal appliance (partial)

 

 



Authorized Acts

4. In the course of engaging in the practice of dental hygiene, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Scaling teeth and root planing including curetting surrounding tissue.

2. Orthodontic and restorative procedures.

3. Prescribing, dispensing, compounding or selling a drug designated in the regulations. 1991, c. 22, s. 4; 2009, c. 26, s. 4 (1).

Additional requirements for authorized acts

 

5.(1). A member shall perform a procedure under the authority of paragraph 1 of section 4 in accordance with any requirements prescribed in the regulations, and may perform such a procedure,

(a) on the member’s own initiative, if none of the contraindications prescribed in the regulations to performing the procedure are present, and if the member ceases the procedure if any of the prescribed contraindications to continuing the procedure are present; or

(b) if the procedure is ordered by a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. 2007, c. 10, Sched. B, s. 4 (1).

Same

 

(2) A member shall not perform a procedure under the authority of paragraph 2 of section 4 unless the procedure is ordered by a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. 2007, c. 10, Sched. B, s. 4 (1).

 

Additional requirements for authorized acts

(2.1) A member is not authorized to perform an act set out in paragraph 3 of section 4 unless the member performs the act in accordance with the regulations. 2009, c. 26, s. 4 (2).