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CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 31,000 dental hygienists working in Canada, directly representing over 22,000 individual members, including students. Since 1963, CDHA has worked to advance the profession and promote the importance of oral health.

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Oral health providers can now confirm their participation in the CDCP directly with Sun Life. Learn more

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Canada Dental Benefit

The Canada Dental Benefit is an interim financial support measure that can be used to cover any oral health services provided by an oral health professional, including dental hygienists. Learn More

Share Your Snapshots

CDHA’s free image bank was designed for you to use in your practice to support promotions, media, etc. We have recently developed an easy upload tool to help you share photos you have taken in your practice. Visit the imageBank and click on the purple “Upload Your DH Photos” button to get started.

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Purple Fun Tops the Winners’ List

The votes for our annual Put Your Purple On! photo contest winners are in. From almost 800 entries, Priya Chekuri’s fun purple celebration was selected as the grand prize winner of $500. Runners-up Maria Tima, Canadian National Institute of Health (CNIH) dental hygiene students, and Christine Beyleveldt will each receive a CDHA gift pack including PHILIPS Sonicare and PHILIPS ZOOM! prizing. Congratulations to all our finalists and everyone who shared their creative celebration photos!

View the winning entries and the entire image gallery. Thank you to PHILIPS Sonicare and PHILIPS ZOOM! for their continued sponsorship of this popular National Dental Hygienists Week™ competition.


CJDH June Issue Available

The June issue of the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH) is now available online. It features articles on the effectiveness of single-headed versus triple-headed toothbrushes in removing plaque, the use of interactive H5P content to improve student engagement in a dental hygiene program, the challenges associated with predicting cancer progression in oral tissues, and more. A great summer read!

Show us your NDHW

Thank You for Showing Us Your NDHW™

Countless members and groups contribute to the success of National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™), but each year, we like to highlight the efforts of those who, in some special way, went above and beyond. In 2024, we are delighted to recognize the inspiring efforts of Melanie Murray, Melanie Johnston-Dore, Newfoundland & Labrador Dental Hygienists Association, Nicole Kielly, Melissa Sedore, Shannon Maitland, Vanessa Bravo, and Julie DiNardo. Thank you all for your participation, enthusiasm, and support.

Radiograph paper

Position Paper on Radiographs: Call for Steering Committee Members

Using intraoral radiographs to inform the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease is CDHA’s next priority topic for advancing evidence-informed dental hygiene practice, education, and policy. We are looking for 5 steering committee members to support the development of our latest position paper. If you are interested in volunteering, read the complete details and submit your expression of interest by 12:00 pm ET on July 22 to Juliana Jackson.

News Releases

Historic Day for Oral Health of Canada’s Most Vulnerable Populations
May 2, 2024 - It’s a historic time in Canada for the oral health of the country’s most vulnerable populations. Yesterday, on May 1, many independent dental hygienists began providing treatment for eligible seniors under the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP).

Budget 2024: Improving Access to Oral Health Care in Rural and Remote Communities
April 16, 2024 - The Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, tabled the federal government’s Budget 2024 today. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) commends the federal government’s commitment to expanding

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