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Serving the profession since 1963, CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 26,850 dental hygienists working in Canada and we directly represent 17,000 individual members including dental hygienists and students.

2015 Election Campaign Kit

CDHA has developed an Election Campaign Toolkit that includes key oral health messages, tips on connecting with candidates in your riding, and one-page information sheets on improving access to preventive oral care for all Canadians. Read More...

Notice of 2015 AGM

CDHA’s annual general meeting will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 8:00 am. View details and proxy form.

World Dental Hygienist Awards

The Sunstar Foundation created the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists and dental hygiene students who have made important contributions to the oral health community, their profession, and the public. Apply Today!

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Early Bird Savings for EXPLORE End Soon!

Is registering for CDHA’s upcoming national conference still on your to-do list? Start September off right by registering today at the early bird rate to save up to $150! As an added bonus, everyone who registers before September 21 will receive a personalized magnetic name badge at the conference.

25 Years and Counting…

Congratulations to the 213 CDHA members who joined the association in 1990 and will receive their 25-year certificate and pin this year. Nine recipients have confirmed their attendance at this year’s award ceremony in Victoria, BC. We thank and congratulate you all for reaching this admirable milestone, and for your many years of support, loyalty, and commitment to both the profession and the national association.

CDHA Position Statement on e-Cigarettes

Since the introduction of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to North American markets in 2007, the use of e-cigarettes has increased substantially, especially among youth and young adults. Although e-cigarettes are perceived to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, there are growing concerns about their possible adverse health effects, their potential to renormalize tobacco use, and increased uptake among youth. CDHA has developed a position statement on e-cigarettes to assist dental hygienists when speaking with their clients about the potential public health consequences of using these products.

Staffing Announcements

CDHA is pleased to announce that Sarah Dokken has joined the national office team as marketing manager. Sarah brings more than 11 years of marketing, advertising, promotion, communication, event and project management experience to the position. She may be reached at or 1-800-267-5235 ext. 142. Welcome Sarah!

CDHA is also recruiting a new manager of membership services. A complete job description is available online; the deadline for applications is September 4.

News Releases

Removing the Smoke Screen Dental Hygienists Call for Government Action on E-Cigarettes
September 3, 2015 - Canada’s dental hygienists call on all levels of government to take steps to minimize the potential negative public health consequences of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), particularly for youth. In its recently released Position Statement on E-

Dental Hygienists Call for Federal Leadership to Support Taxpayers and Improve Oral Care Outcomes
August 19, 2015 - Canada’s dental hygienists call on all federal parties to commit to addressing the costly issue of limited access to preventive oral care in Canada. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) says that inadequate government supports for dental

Safety Alerts

Recommended Vaccines for Patients 50 Years of Age and Older
July 16, 2015 - In general, adult Canadians are underimmunized for routine vaccine-preventable diseases. Primary responsibility for adult immunization falls to family doctors and other primary care providers. To streamline current recommendations for average Canadia