Schedule E: Practice Standards

This Schedule contains the Practice Standards for the College of Dental Hygienists.

  1. A dental hygienist must obtain informed consent from the client or the client’s representative before initiating dental hygiene care.
  2. A dental hygienist must practice safely.
  3. A dental hygienist must assess the client’s needs.
  4. A dental hygienist must analyze the assessment information and make a dental hygiene diagnosis.
  5. A dental hygienist must plan for the dental hygiene care to be provided, based on the assessment data and dental hygiene diagnosis.
  6. A dental hygienist must implement the plan consented to or adjust the plan in consultation with the client or the client’s representative.
  7. 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.
  8. A dental hygienist must document the dental hygiene care provided, following protocols of the practice setting.