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 Strength of Our Professional Advocacy Serves the Vulnerable Members of Society

Canada’s new federal dental care program ranks highest in the ongoing advocacy work of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) on behalf of the profession and vulnerable people in Canada. The theme of this issue of Oh Canada! is “Treating vulnerable populations,” including medically compromised clients, clients in remote communities, and seniors.

The Necessary Steps to Being Culturally Competent

Society’s mores change over time as the values and attitudes of the public evolve. Governments create legislation and policies that reflect these deeply held values to meet the needs of the public. They communicate their intentions through various departments and ministries to regulatory authorities and boards. As self-regulated primary health care providers to Canadians of all races and ethnicities, dental hygienists are mandated to be culturally competent, avoid discrimination, and put the needs of their clients and students first.

Counterfeit and Non-Compliant Dental Products an Increasing Issue: How Much Do You Know About the Products You Use Every Day?

As dental hygienists, you should take to time to get to know the source of products and materials used in your practice. Too often price dictates buying decisions. Everyone is looking for a good deal, but do you really know the product you are using and understand the support system behind the product? What would happen if an adverse client event took place?