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.

Please click here to view a compiled list of Practice Standards and Practice Standard Policies #1-10

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

Practice Standard

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

Practice Standard

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.