Examination

Added to Handbook: Prior to June 2004
Updated: September 2013

PURPOSE

To clarify the definition of the term "examined" as contained in section 6(1) of the Dental Hygienists Regulation.

BACKGROUND

It is considered important to ensure that clients have the benefit of an overall dental examination to assess general oral health. Focusing only on dental hygiene requirements may not be in the client's best interests. The Dental Hygienists Regulation states the following:

6(1) No registrant may practise dental hygiene unless

  1. prior to or during the initial appointment, the client is examined by a dentist,
  2. at the time of any subsequent appointment, the client has been examined by a dentist within the previous 365 days or within such shorter time as is necessary or appropriate in accordance with good dental hygiene practice or good dental practice.
  3. dental hygiene care is provided in accordance with any specific and appropriate instructions that may be given by a dentist.

For the purpose outlined in the Dental Hygienists Regulation, it is assumed that restorative or other dental work recorded on the chart does not constitute an examination. Additionally, the issue of whether the client is billed for the examination is not relevant.

POLICY

The term "examined" as used in section 6(1) of the Dental Hygienists Regulation means that the dentist has performed an examination in keeping with the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) practice guidelines. The type of examination performed (e.g. specific, new patient, recall or complete) may be determined by the dentist in accordance with good dental practice and CDSBC practice guidelines.

REFERENCE

  • Dental Hygienists Regulation. Victoria: College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia; 2013.