In 1951, Canada's first dental hygienist, Mary (Brett) Geddes, was registered by the College of Dental Surgeons in Saskatchewan. The next year, the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (CDSBC) registered its first dental hygienist, Norma Bell. The regulation of dental hygienists in B.C. continued under CDSBC until 1995, when the College of Dental Hygienists was established.

The College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC) was established as a self-regulating body on March 1, 1995, under the Health Professions Act (HPA)

CDHBC is responsible for establishing, monitoring, and enforcing standards that assure safe, ethical, and competent dental hygiene care. This includes registration of all dental hygienists in British Columbia, setting standards of practice for dental hygienists, and investigating complaints against dental hygienists.

Dental hygienists in B.C. must practice in a safe and ethical manner, in accordance with the HPA the Dental Hygienists Regulation, and CDHBC bylaws. The Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice statement reads, “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.”

CDHBC Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC) is to fulfill our duty to protect the public through regulatory excellence.

Our Commitment

The CDHBC Board, Committees, and Staff work to uphold the highest standards of service and administration to support the objective of protecting the public to ensure quality dental hygiene practice.

Board of Directors

The CDHBC Board of Directors must govern, control, and administer College affairs in accordance with its bylaws, the Health Professions Act (HPA), and the Dental Hygienists Regulation.

Committees & Staff

As CDHBC has grown over the years, from a registry of 1560 in its beginnings to more than 3500 registrants today, the College has relied on the hard work and dedication of its Committees and staff.

Duties of the College

There are many ways in which the CDHBC works to fulfill its mandate of ensuring that dental hygiene practice is carried on in the best of interests of the public. If you'd like to learn more, see our information on the Duties of the College.