Independent Hygienists

Did You Know…?

  • In September 2007, Bill 171 was passed. It allowed Registered Dental Hygienists to “self-initiate,” allowing Ontario residents to have the choice of receiving professional oral healthcare by a Registered Dental Hygienist without having to see a dentist at the same time.
  • You are still loyal to your dentist when supporting an independent dental hygienist.
  • Dentists and hygienists provide different services. You see a dentist for dental work, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, etc. You see a hygienist for hygiene services like cleanings and periodontal treatments. You do not have to see them at the same time or under the same roof. This is important and we encourage you to see your dentist on an on-going basis.
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