March 25, 2020

At the CDHNS, our goal is to ensure that safe, timely, appropriate oral health care is provided to Nova Scotians during this pandemic. At the same time, we must work to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus and ensure the supply of human resources, supplies, and equipment are sufficient to provide necessary medical and dental care during this time.

On March 24, 2020, the Nova Scotia government issued a revised order under the Health Protection Act that limited regulated health professionals, with the exception of physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and paramedics, from engaging in private practice except for in-person emergency or urgent care services. Due to the unprecedented health risks associated with COVID-19, the CDHNS continues to strongly recommend full closure of dental hygiene practices until further notice.   

If you are a client of a dental hygiene practice and you have a concern about your oral health, contact the dental hygiene practice directly. The dental hygienist will continue to provide direction to you on how to obtain necessary dental emergency care during this time. They will assess your concerns. If it is a true dental emergency, they will refer you to the appropriate dental facility for you to receive care.

How do I know if my oral health issue is a true dental emergency?

A true dental emergency includes trauma (e.g. dental injury), significant infection (e.g. abscess and/or swelling in your face), prolonged bleeding, or pain that can not be managed by over-the-counter medications.

  1. If you are a client of a dental hygiene practice, contact the practice directly, provide your name and contact information, and describe your concerns.
  2. If you are not a client of a dental hygiene practice, please contact your dentist or a dentist in your area by phone so they can make an assessment of your oral health concerns. You can find dentist contact information on the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia website at: http://pdbns.ca/find-a-dentistYou will also find further details on their PDBNS Covid-19 Information Centre.

During this time, it is even more important to practice good oral hygiene to help prevent oral health problems and to help maintain your overall health.   

https://files.cdha.ca/profession/resources/Dental_Hygiene_for_Life_FactSheet.pdf

https://files.cdha.ca/newsEvents/SpecialEvents/NDHW_2015/oral_tips_letter_2017.pdf

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Independent Dental Hygiene Practices (Private Dental Hygiene Practices)

Regulations enacted under the Dental Hygienists Act of Nova Scotia (2007) and effective May 15, 2009 allow registered and licensed dental hygienists to provide services in a variety of practice settings in addition to a dental office.

Practice settings can include long term care facilities, collaborative practices, multi discipline clinics, mobile services, and/or a standalone office.

Following is the business contact information for registered and licensed practising Nova Scotia dental hygienists who have established private dental hygiene practices and provide dental hygiene care in alternate settings. The contact information is listed in alphabetical order, by business name. Each practice welcomes new clients.       

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All Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic, Owner: Marilyn Cummings, RDH, BScHE

2069 Hammonds Plains Rd
Unit 1, Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 1P3
(902) 835-6632
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www.allsmilesclinic.ca

Dental Magic Hygiene Studio, Owner: Dianna Major, RDH, BSc Hons

668 Sackville Dr. Unit A Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S5
(902) 252-4888
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www.dmhygiene.ca

Happy Smiles Dental Hygiene, Owner: Jayne Beaumont

Suite 305, 177 Main Street
Dartmouth NS B2X 1S1
(902) 444-1110
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www.happy-smiles.ca

Hygiene by Careen, Owner: Careen McNeil, RDH 

Smiles on the Go :) Mobile Smile Care
Call or a Text : (902) 719-6447

Ronna Ryer Dental Hygiene, Owner: Ronna Ryer, RDH

271 Oak Park Road, Barrington, NS B0W 1E0
Ph: (902) 320-0809

Safer Smiles Custom Mouthguards, Owner: Wendy Wells, RDH 

Mobile Clinic
15 Piccadilly Close, Stillwater Lake, NS
B3Z 1N2
(902) 456-1663
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www.safersmiles.com

NOTE:  If you are a CDHNS member who has established an independent dental hygiene practice but your information is not on this list, please email the CDHNS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The CDHNS updates the list regularly. If you find contact information which is out-of-date, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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