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CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 30,000 dental hygienists working in Canada, directly representing 21,000 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

New Online Course

Thinking of starting your own dental hygiene business? Check out our new online course featuring 5 modules: business model, feasibility, marketing, operations, and finances. Learn more

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Guided Biofilm Therapy Featured at Virtual AGM

CDHA's virtual 2022 annual general meeting (AGM) takes place on Saturday, October 22. Registration is open! In conjunction with the AGM, we are pleased to offer a one-hour presentation on guided biofilm therapy (GBT), sponsored by Oral Science. Register by October 10 to submit your questions to the presenter, who will answer the most pressing queries and share the compelling science surrounding the benefits of GBT. If you are not able to attend on October 22, recordings of both the AGM and GBT presentation will be released as webinars in November.

Online Indigenous Cultural Awareness Course

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30. CDHA encourages all members to take this opportunity to learn about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and communities in Canada. One way to accomplish this is by enrolling in our online Indigenous cultural awareness course, The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada. CDHA members receive a discount on this five-module offering available in English and French.

Oral Health Care for Children Aged 7–12

Children aged 7 to 12 are more capable of taking care of their own teeth. But they still need guidance and, in some cases, supervision from parents and guardians. Help them develop strong oral hygiene habits with gentle reminders outlined in our new resource available in English and French.

Federal Dental Care Program Must Include Dental Hygienists

On September 4, the Toronto Sun published CDHA’s letter to the editor, “CRITICAL ORAL HEALTH,” submitted by President Wendy Stewart. The letter states that maintaining the status quo in provincial dental care programs will not meet the oral health needs of vulnerable populations in Canada. The new federal dental care program must include dental hygienists as eligible service providers.

News Releases

CDHA Applauds Dental Hygienists Being Named in Proposed Dental Care Legislation
September 21, 2022 - After months of hard work, meetings with parliamentarians and senior staff in Health and Finance, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), representing the sixth-largest regulated health profession in Canada, was excited at yesterday’s...

CDHA Response to Today’s PM Announcement on the Canada Dental Benefit
September 13, 2022 - Wendy Stewart, CDHA’s President has issued the following statement in a response to today’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau, that the government is moving forward on dental care by providing direct, tax-free payments to qualifying families..

Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus – Updates and information for dental hygienists
September 15, 2022 - 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.