Novel Coronavirus, SARS CoV-2 Updates

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, including community transmission, and ensure the supply of human resources, supplies, and equipment are sufficient to provide necessary medical and dental care during this time.

On May 29, 2020, the Nova Scotia government issued a revised order under the Health Protection Act that allowed previously restricted regulated health professionals, including the oral health professions, to begin engaging in in-person and virtual care in private practices on June 5, 2020, providing they remained within scope and that the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) approved the regulatory body's return to work action plan. On May 29, 2020, the CMOH notified the four oral health regulators that their phased-in Return to Work Guidelines for Oral Health Professions of Nova Scotia had been approved. As such, effective June 5, 2020, the CDHNS removed its strong recommendation that dental hygiene practices close.  

All Nova Scotia's oral health professions agreed to a phased-in approach, rather than an immediate resumption of full services. This phased-in approach began on June 5, 2020 with the provision of emergency and urgent care. The current Stage (comprehensive care) began on June 19, 2020 and is outlined below. 

Stage 3 began June 19, 2020:  As of June 19, 2020, all oral health care private practices (e.g., dental, dental hygiene, denturist practices) are able to provide comprehensive care (emergency, urgent, and non-urgent (elective) care. Dental hygienists must follow the protocols set out by the CDHNS (See Tab 1 of the Return to Work Guidelines for Oral Health Professions of Nova Scotia) and the Nova Scotia Government's Reopening Guidance for Health Care Settings. Each practice must independently decide when it is prepared to re-open to provide oral health care. Practices that re-open on or after June 5 (when Stage 2 was initiated) assume any liability that may arise from the resumption of services. Accordingly, it is critical that any dental hygienist that returns to practice on or after June 5 strictly complies with the established protocols. Further, dental hygienists are responsible for ensuring that their clients comply with the protocols, where applicable.

Most Recent Return to Work Guidelines for Oral Health Professions of NS 

COVID-19 Return to Work Guidelines for NS Oral Health Professions - Tab 1 - Dental Hygienists

Additional Provincial Guidance and Statements

NS Gov't FAQ about Non-Medical Mask Requirement for Indoor Public Spaces & Public Transit Updated July 30 2020 

NS Gov't Reopening Guidance for Health Care Sectors -May 27, 2020

PHAC Joint Statement on Unproven Therapies for COVID-19 Mar 31 2020

COVID-19: Pandemic Guidance for Health Care Sector

NS Crisis Hub Apr 23 2020

Brushing Up on Mouth Care

On December 4, 2018, the Brushing up on Mouth Care website was relaunched after being redesigned. This website has a suite of updated open access resources to support the delivery of optimum daily mouth care for those who may be dependent on others for their care. This includes a link to Nova Scotia Dept of Health and Wellness’s Long-Term Care Requirements (including oral care). There are sections for health care professionals, administrators, educators and family/care givers. Check it out at 2018 12 10 Brushing Up on Mouth Care Image

Prevent More to Treat Less

The College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia has commissioned a White Paper on Prevent More to Treat Less

White Paper
Tooth Bleaching/Whitening
The College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia's Council has released a Position on Tooth Bleaching/Whitening.  What should the Nova Scotia public know about whitening their teeth?  Please read the College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia Position on Tooth Bleaching/Whitening





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