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Dental Hygienist

Responsibilities

Since each province has its own specific regulations regarding their scope of duties, the range of services performed by dental hygienists varies from province to province.

Dental hygienists support some important patient care services provided in a dental office, including:

  • Removing calculus, stains and plaque from teeth
  • Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health (e.g. Tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling)
  • Applying fluoride and pit and fissure sealants
  • Counseling patients regarding good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • Making impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
  • Patient screening procedures, such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse
  • Performing documentation and office management activities

Dental hygienists may also be employed to provide dental hygiene services for patients in hospitals, nursing homes and public health clinics.

Visit the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba to learn more about the scope of practice.