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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Online Education, Part 2: Ethical Responsibilities of Students - Winter 2018

Part 2 is a complement to Part 1: Ethical Responsibilities of Online Instructors, which was published in the Summer 2018 issue (pages 45–46). It must be emphasized that ethical responsibilities are intertwined and each affects the other in an online learning environment: the classroom, the educational institution, the instructor, and the student. For example, in Part 1 various aspects of privacy breaches, confidentiality, access, and cultural sensitivity were discussed. All parties are affected and all parties are part of the solution.

Online Education, Part 1: Ethical Responsibilities of Instructors - Summer 2018

The intent of this contribution is to discuss briefly, and by no means fully, the ethical responsibilities of instructors and students in the online education classroom context. Part 1 introduces the ethical obligations of instructors teaching online; Part 2 in the Fall/Winter issue will explore the same subject as it pertains to online students.

“I Think It Was Missed Because I Was Not A Smoker” - Spring 2018

During our dental hygiene studies we were meticulous about assessing the submandibular, submental, and occipital lymph nodes. We palpated on either side of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and felt the differences to the temporalis and masseter muscles, and we assessed the temporomandibular joints while asking the client to open and close.