College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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Benefits of CDHO's Mentorship Program


  • Expanded perspectives, deepened self-knowledge and self-understanding through shared experiences with a trusted colleague.
  • Support and guidance during their integration into clinical practice.
  • Access to an informed second opinion, aids critical thinking.
  • Authorization to self-initiate scaling of teeth, root planing and curettage of surrounding tissue for duration of mentorship.
  • Exposure to additional resources and professional networks.
  • Professional socialization.



  • Recognition for influencing the professional growth of another dental hygienist.
  • Exposure to new ideas, other perspectives, and intellectual stimulation.
  • Contributes to the professional portfolio as a continuing competency activity.


Public of Ontario:

  • Increased access to dental hygiene services provided by dental hygienists who are authorized by the College to self-initiate.
  • Dental hygienists participate in, and promote intra- and inter-professional collaboration.