Did You Know?

Quick and Interesting Facts on the Dental Hygiene Profession.

Dental Hygienists...

  • Form the sixth largest regulated health profession in Canada with 29,246 practitioners
  • Experienced a 30% growth in numbers employed and 12% increase in salaries over the last six years (Statistics Canada).
  • Are one of Canada’s top ten projected growth professions by 2020. (Canadian Business magazine)
  • Provide services and programs to people of all ages, addressing issues related to oral health
  • Practise in a variety of settings, including public health, private practice, hospital, long term care facility, educational institution, research and dental industry
  • Practise interprofessionally with dentists, denturists, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists
  • Practise entrepreneurship with 4% having established their own practice outside of a dentist’s office (primarily in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario)
  • Treat clients in their own homes, long term care or residential care facilities, schools and community health centres using mobile practices
  • Create innovative service delivery models for more choice and better access
  • Are educated at four universities and thirty-three colleges across Canada