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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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Frequently Asked Questions

CDHO Council FAQs

  • What is the Council of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario?

  • Why is it important to be involved in self-regulation?

  • What kind of work is involved?

  • What do I need to know to serve on Council or a Committee?

  • What’s in it for me?

  • What is the time commitment?

  • How long can I serve as a member of Council?

  • How do I know if I’m eligible to run for Council?

  • How do I consent to my nomination or nominate another eligible registrant?

  • How will I know if my nomination is approved?

  • How can I obtain more information about the election process and nomination procedures?

Peer Mentorship FAQs

  • How do I find a mentor?

  • Is there anything specifically that I should be looking for in a mentor?

  • What qualifications do the mentors have?

  • Do I have to meet with my mentor in person?

  • How much does it cost?

  • Once I find a mentor, what comes next?

  • How long is the mentorship?

  • What is authorization with condition?

  • As a mentor, am I responsible for the client care decisions made by my mentee?

  • Does my mentor need to observe me with my clients?

Practice Advice FAQs

  • Is taking a blood pressure reading on my clients mandatory?

  • Can I treat a client who is receiving nitrous oxide and oxygen conscious sedation?

  • Does my client require prophylactic antibiotics before treatment to prevent infective endocarditis or hematogenous joint infection?

  • Can I use a laser while providing dental hygiene treatment?

  • What are the CPR and First Aid requirements for dental hygienists?

  • Is a dental hygienist HARP certified?

  • Are dosimeters mandatory for dental hygienists?

  • When can a dental hygienist take impressions?

Quality Assurance FAQs

  • I am not working as a dental hygienist; do I still need to participate in the Quality Assurance Program?

  • I am an RDH with the College, but am close to retirement. Can I be exempt from the Quality Assurance Program?

  • How will I know that I have been selected to submit my Quality Assurance information to the College?

  • Do I have to use the SMILE Portal?

  • I work as a temp, how do I complete the Practice Profile?

  • What kind of learning activities will the Quality Assurance Committee accept?

  • Why does my assessor want to talk to me by phone?

  • Can my employer/dentist stop an assessor from coming into their office to do an on-site practice review?

  • Will my employer know the results of my Quality Assurance or onsite review?

  • How do I request an extension in submitting my information?

Registration FAQs

  • New Graduates / New Applicants

  • Submitting Documents

  • Application Forms

  • Employment Eligibility Status

  • Current Registrants

  • Timelines

  • Internationally Educated Professionals

  • Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) Criminal Record Report

  • Changes To Registration Status / Profile Change Results

  • Registrants on Leave / Practising Out of Province / Resigning from the College / Deceased Registrants

  • Self-Initiation

  • Privacy and Records Prevention