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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The Challenge: Maintaining the Public Trust

The global society has been changed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as the risks of cross-contamination and importance of infection control are now more clearly known and understood by people of different cultures, age groups, and economic status. This heightened awareness could weaken public trust in the ability to receive safe, effective dental hygiene care now and in the future.

Are You an Employee or a Contractor?

The distinction between an employee and a contractor is not a trivial one. It has implications not only for you but also for the practice(s) in which you work. How you choose to be designated will affect your rights and obligations, as well as the way in which your income is taxed and the deductions available to you. Being paid as a contractor when you are really an employee could expose you (and the practice) to significant liability to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).