In accordance with section 12(2) of the Health Professions Act, registrants are required to maintain compliance with the Dental Hygienists Regulation.

Dental Hygienists Regulation

1 - Definitions

In this regulation:

“dentist” means:

A person authorized under the Dentists Act to practise dentistry;

“facility” means:

  1. a community care facility or an assisted living residence licensed or registered under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act,
  2. a hospital designated under the Hospital Act, or
  3. a Provincial mental health facility designated under the Mental Health Act that provides residential care to persons unable to readily access dental services in the community. [am. B.C.Reg. 95/2007]

2 - Designation

  1. Dental hygiene is designated as a health profession.
  2. The “College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia” is the name of the college established under section 15(1) of the Health Professions Act for dental hygiene.

3 - Reserved Title

No person other than a registrant may use the title “dental hygienist”.

4 - Scope of Practice

Subject to the bylaws, a registrant may assess the status of teeth and adjacent tissues and provide preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene care for teeth and adjacent tissues.

5 - Reserved Acts

Subject to section 14 of the Health Professions Act, no person other than a registrant may :

  1. perform supragingival and subgingival scaling, subgingival debridement or root planing, or
  2. administer oral local anaesthetic. 

6 - Limitations on Practice

  1. No registrant may practise dental hygiene unless
    1. prior to or during an 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.
  2. Subsection (1) does not apply to a registrant
    1. who provides non-clinical services in a public health program, or
    2. who,
      1. is a member of a class of registrants established by the bylaws for this purpose, and
      2. complies with subsection (3).
  3. If a client has not been examined by a dentist within the previous 365 days, a registrant described in subsection (2)(b) must recommend to the client that the client have an examination by a dentist.
  4. No registrant may administer oral local anaesthetic except
    1. in circumstances where a dentist is on the site and immediately available, or
    2. in a facility if the anaesthetic has been authorized by a medical practitioner or a dentist and a person qualified to act in a medical emergency is immediately available.

7 - Patient Relations Program

The college is designated for the purposes of section 16 (2) (f) of the Health Professions Act.

8 - Health Profession Corporations

Part 4 of the Health Professions Act applies to dental hygiene.

[en. B.C. Reg.9/2006, s. 1.]

[Provisions of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, relevant to the enactment of this regulation: section 12 (2)]