Ethics Corner

Code of Ethics

Dental hygienists work in interprofessional collaborative environments. They are accountable to codes of ethics, in conjunction with professional standards, workplace policies, and laws and regulations that guide practices and behaviours. In achieving these requirements, they fulfill their contract with society to meet a high standard of ethical practice. Read the report describing the development of the Code of Ethics.

The CDHA Code of Ethics sets out the ethical principles and responsibilities which apply to all members of the dental hygiene profession across all practice areas including clinical care, education, research, administration and any other role related to the profession of dental hygiene.

In addition, the Ethical Guidelines for Educators helps educators to make professional decisions. It is grounded in 6 ethical principles and provides a framework of shared values.

Oh Canada! Talking Ethics

Oh Canada! is our membership-based publication that provides a forum for the communication of dental hygiene and oral health information, as well as product information and association news. Each issue contains a "Talking Ethics" column where members share common ethical dilemmas encountered during dental hygiene practice. Authors offer insight and share experiences about how to approach these complex cases. Read the articles by selecting the year below:

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Oral & Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening Is Not a Choice

As dental hygienists and regulated health care professionals, we are entrusted with the oral health care of our community. Our responsibility and accountability to safeguard public health and well-being are the cornerstone of our profession. Canadians are counting on us!

Ethical Responsibilities of a Mobile Independent Dental Hygiene Practice

Launching a mobile independent dental hygiene practice is no small feat. It requires ingenuity, perseverance, and a significant amount of problem-solving skills. In particular, as my fellow mobile independent dental hygienists already know, our ethical responsibilities as health care professionals do not decrease in any way simply because we are now mobile. We still have the same ethical responsibilities as dental hygienists practising in a clinical setting, but now the onus is on us to ensure we have the means to meet the necessary standards of practice while on the move.

Professionalism and Ethics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There is nothing normal about life right now. Some parts of the world are open for business, some have limitations and safety restrictions in place, and others are in complete lockdowns with various industries closed until further notice. We as oral health professionals are already accustomed to very strict infection control standards, but even we have stepped it up a notch: now donning N95s, face shields, and very fashionable bouffants.