Facts 2Dental Hygienists Act receives Proclamation May 15, 2009

Dental Hygenists Act

Dental Hygienists Regulations, effective May 15, 2009, includes Schedule A

Approved Regulations: including Required Protocol Schedule A
(Schedule A: Suggested Protocol for Authorizing Dental Hygienists to Perform Procedures for those who have not been authorized to engage in self-directed clinical practice.)

Bylaws, as approved by Council Sept 29, 2018


Standards of Practice, as approved by Council, including Council Approved Position Statements and Best Practice Documents

Practice Standards

Code of Ethics

CDHNS Practice Standards: Virtual Dental Hygiene Services for CDHNS Practising Registrants (NEW - Approved by CDHNS Council May 27, 2021)

NS Oral Health (DH DD DT) Joint Infection Prevention & Control Practice Standards, Effective March 1, 2023

CDHNS Continuing Competency Program Requirements

CDHNS Best Practices Self Initiation Approved June 2009

Self-initiation means the dental hygienist determines when it is appropriate to proceed with dental hygiene care. It is synonymous with the term "self-directed clinical practice". Both terms are found in the Dental Hygienists Act and Regulations. Full details are found in the Best Practices document.

CDHNS Best Practices Record Keeping Approved June 2009

CDHNS Local Anaesthetic Policies

CDHNS DH Orthodontic Procedures Policies and Requirements for Authorization 

CDHNS Permanent Restorative Procedures Policy and Requirements for Authorization

Use of Fluoride in Caries Prevention

Other Legislation:

Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network Act

Nova Scotia Personal Health Information Act