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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Intimidation. Coercion. Mistreatment. Bullying. Harassment.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission, established in 1977, aims to ensure that everyone in Canada is treated fairly, no matter who they are.1 According to the commission, harassment is a form of discrimination that comprises unwelcome remarks, jokes, threats or intimidation based on your race, religion, sex, age, disability. Any unwelcome physical contact, such as touching, patting or pinching, is also considered harassment.

Cannabis Conversations: Your Ethical Obligations

Do you have any personal biases against the recreational or medicinal use of cannabis that would interfere with your professional responsibilities? Our life experiences and worldview inform our opinions and create bias. Yet, as regulated oral health care professionals, our obligation is to provide relevant, objective information from credible sources when communicating with clients, groups, and communities. We must always seek out appropriate, professional resources to acquire new knowledge and enhance our health promotion efforts.