Practice Standards and Policies

The ten Practice Standards are part of the College’s bylaws and contribute to the legal framework for dental hygiene practice in British Columbia.

Dental hygienists have a legal and professional responsibility to be familiar with the Practice Standards and the Policies. By reviewing them regularly, dental hygienists may self-evaluate their practice and identify areas for continuing competency focus.

The Practice Standards

PRACTICE STANDARD #1

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A dental hygienist must obtain informed consent from the client or the client's representative before initiating dental hygiene care.

PRACTICE STANDARD #2

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A dental hygienist must practice safely.

PRACTICE STANDARD #3

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A dental hygienist must assess the client's needs.

PRACTICE STANDARD #4

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A dental hygienist must analyze the assessment information and make a dental hygiene diagnosis.

PRACTICE STANDARD #5

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A dental hygienist must plan for the dental hygiene care to be provided, based on the assessment data and dental hygiene diagnosis.

PRACTICE STANDARD #6

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A dental hygienist must implement the plan consented to or adjust the plan in consultation with the client or the client's representative.

PRACTICE STANDARD #7

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A dental hygienist must evaluate while dental hygiene care is being provided, and at the completion of care, to determine if the desired outcome has been achieved.

PRACTICE STANDARD #8

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A dental hygienist must document the dental hygiene care provided, following protocols of the practice setting.

PRACTICE STANDARD #9

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A dental hygienist applies ionizing radiation and interprets radiographs as appropriate for the client and for the sole purpose of the dental hygiene process of care.

PRACTICE STANDARD #10

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A dental hygiene practitioner who owns a private dental hygiene practice ensures specific standards for radiography, infection prevention and control, record retention and billing, marketing, and the recommendation of dental exams are maintained.