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CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 30,219 dental hygienists working in Canada, directly representing 20,000 individual members, including students. Since 1963, CDHA has worked to advance the profession and promote the importance of oral health.

RDHs Are Essential Primary Health Care Professionals

Oral health is essential to overall health. It is well established that poor oral health is associated with a host of health conditions such as diabetes, aspiration pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease... Learn more

COVID-19 Information for Dental Hygienists

CDHA is actively reviewing and assessing relevant information for dental hygienists related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection. Check back for additional information as the situation evolves. Learn more

PPE access and costs – Polling results from independent dental hygienists

CDHA’s latest rapid polling of independent dental hygienists across Canada looks at current experiences with PPE access and costs. Results reveal which PPE items are the most difficult to access, which PPE cost the most... Log in to read more.

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2021 Job Market and Employment Survey

On September 14, practising members should have received a personal email invitation* from The Portage Group with a unique link to participate in CDHA’s 2021 Job Market and Employment Survey. Are you interested in current provincial pay rates? Due for a salary increase? Negotiating compensation benefits? Complete the survey and help us compile important data on workforce trends to better support you. The survey closes on September 30, so don’t delay!

*If you did not receive this invitation, please check your "junk" folders to ensure that it was not blocked by your spam filters.

Educator Webinar: OSCEs Best Practices

If you’re a CDHA Educator member and missed our spring Educators’ Symposium, the “Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) Best Practices” presentation is now available in webinar format. This FREE session, exclusively for educators, reviews key principles surrounding the development of reliable, valid, and fair OSCEs with a focus on the practical knowledge required to support the integration of OSCEs within dental hygiene curriculum.

Quick Poll: Oral Health Care in LTC

CDHA welcomes a national discussion of priorities and opportunities to improve standards in long-term care (LTC) homes across Canada. Please take five minutes to complete our quick online poll (English or French) in support of CDHA’s efforts to have oral health care incorporated into national LTC standards. What are your thoughts and concerns about the unmet oral health needs of people living in LTC? Poll open until September 22.

New Fact Sheet on Independent Dental Hygiene Practice

We recently updated our fact sheet about the dental hygiene profession and have developed a new companion resource to educate the public about independent dental hygiene (IDH) practice specifically. These great client handouts can be found at Also, if you’re a CDHA Independent Practice Network member, be sure to add your free listing to our “Find an Independent Dental Hygienist” practice registry to promote your business.

News Releases

Canada’s 2021 Dental Hygiene Superheroes Unmasked
July 16, 2021 - From an impressive field of 778 deserving nominees from across Canada, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is thrilled to reveal the winner of its fourth annual Dental Hygiene Superhero Competition.

CDHA & Dental Industry: Partners for Success
June 4, 2021 - As the focus shifts from oral health month (April) to a new membership year and a first-ever virtual conference, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) continues to foster meaningful partnerships with dental industry.

Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus – Updates and information for dental hygienists
September 23, 2021 - CDHA is actively reviewing and assessing relevant information for dental hygienists related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection.

Safety Alerts

Charac and Charac-Tol activated charcoal products
January 24, 2017 - Health Canada follows up with Canadians concerning the recent warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding possible safety issues involving homeopathic teething products in the United States.