In order that the public interest may be served and protected, the College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia (CDHNS), by statutory authority, regulates the profession of dental hygiene through registration, licensing and discipline processes. It is governed by the Nova Scotia Dental Hygienists Act and Regulation. The CDHNS, as the dental hygiene regulatory body appointed by the Government of Nova Scotia, grants the Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) designation and authorizes a dental hygienist to legally practice in Nova Scotia. 

The objects of the Dental Hygienists Act of Nova Scotia provide that subject to its regulatory function the College will also have the mandate to advance and promote the profession of dental hygiene. This mandate is addressed through membership services that include supporting continuing education, research, alternate practice and increased access to care.

The CDHNS represents its 700+ members to government, provincial and national associations, public agencies, post-secondary institutions and Nova Scotians. We work in an interprofessional manner to improve overall health.

The CDHNS is accountable to the public, the dental hygiene profession and the members we serve. We promote and support quality dental hygiene care, and work to educate Nova Scotians about the link between oral health and general health and well being.

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