Registered Dental Hygienists are now practicing outside traditional dental offices at a very rapid rate. We, the more than 250 Independent Dental Hygienists opening their independent dental hygiene practices in Ontario have listened to the public and our clients.
You now have a choice as to where you receive your preventive dental hygiene care.
Dental Hygienists are regulated by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The Act was amended in September 2007 to allow Dental Hygienists to be recognized as your primary preventative oral health care professionals. Only Registered Dental Hygienists who have met certain educational and experience qualifications, may be granted the “Authorization to Self-Initiate”. This authorization is what allows Dental Hygienists to provide your dental hygiene service in alternative practice settings.
Your Dental Hygienist is committed to making a difference, not only in your oral health but in your overall health as one influences the other. Most importantly, they are committed to their continued education , involvement and responsibility for your oral health prevention and care. This enables you to become more involved and responsible for your own oral health and essentially overall health. Clients may enjoy reduced dental care costs and enjoy their natural teeth longer; whereby experiencing a lifetime of optimal health and well being. A Registered Dental Hygienist practicing independently typically can adapt your care to meet your specific needs. We are all unique individuals with priorities that require special attention. We do work with your dentist of record or if necessary will match you with a dental office that meets your needs.
Typically at an independent dental hygiene practice you will receive a comprehensive oral assessment including a screening for oral cancer, scaling and debridement of the bacterial deposits both above and below the gum line as well as stain removal, attention to tooth sensitivity, as well as many other services such as dental sealants, tooth whitening and fabrication of sports mouth guards. At Kingston Dental Hygiene we view your bacteria under a phase contrast microscope to determine your optimal home care routine. Contact the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario at www.cdho.org or the Dental Hygiene Practitioners of Ontario to find an Independent Dental Hygienist in your area or www.dhpo.ca.