Regulators look after public interest by ensuring that all those who practise dental hygiene are competent to do so.
Regulatory authorities authorize individuals to practise. They are responsible for setting entry-to-practice requirements such as education, examinations and good character. Once an individual is registered (licensed) by the regulator, she or he may call her or himself a dental hygienist, may practise dental hygiene within that regulator’s jurisdiction, and must adhere to the rules, regulations and standards of practice set by the regulator.
The regulator is also responsible for ensuring the continuing competence of all dental hygienists it registers. Any complaints about dental hygienists are investigated and handled by the regulator.
Dental hygienists pay an annual registration (licensing) fee to the regulator.
It is illegal for a person to practise dental hygiene in a province or territory that she/he is not registered in.
Regulators take action against unregistered persons who pretend to be dental hygienists or who provide dental hygiene services.