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B.C. Reg. 276/2008
Deposited October 15, 2008
effective October 17, 2008
This consolidation is current to January 21, 2020.
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Health Professions Act

Dental Hygienists Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 75/2012, July 3, 2012]

2College name
3Reserved title
4Scope of practice
5Restricted activities
6Limits or conditions on services
7Patient relations program
8Health profession corporations


1   In this regulation:

"Act" means the Health Professions Act;

"dentist" means a person authorized under the Dentists Act to practise dentistry;

"facility" means

(a) a community care facility or an assisted living residence licensed or registered under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act,

(b) a hospital designated under the Hospital Act, or

(c) a Provincial mental health facility designated under the Mental Health Act that provides residential care to persons unable to readily access dental services in the community.

College name

2   The name "College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia" is the name of the college established under section 15 (1) of the Act for dental hygiene.

Reserved title

3   The title "dental hygienist" is reserved for exclusive use by registrants.

Scope of practice

4   Subject to the bylaws, a registrant may assess the status of teeth and adjacent tissues and provide preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene care for teeth and adjacent tissues.

Restricted activities

5   No person other than a registrant may

(a) perform supragingival and subgingival scaling, subgingival debridement or root planing, or

(b) administer oral local anaesthetic.

Limits or conditions on services

6   (1) No registrant may practise dental hygiene unless all of the following conditions are met:

(a) prior to or during an initial appointment, the client is examined by a dentist;

(b) at the time of any subsequent appointment, the client has been examined by a dentist within the previous 365 days or within such shorter time as is necessary or appropriate in accordance with good dental hygiene practice or good dental practice;

(c) dental hygiene care is provided in accordance with any specific and appropriate instructions that may be given by a dentist.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a registrant

(a) who provides non-clinical services in a public health program, or

(b) who

(i) is a member of a class of registrants established by the bylaws for this purpose, and

(ii) complies with subsection (3).

(3) If a client has not been examined by a dentist within the previous 365 days, a registrant described in subsection (2) (b) must recommend to the client that the client have an examination by a dentist.

(4) No registrant may administer oral local anaesthetic except

(a) in circumstances where a dentist is on the site and immediately available, or

(b) in a facility if the anaesthetic has been authorized by a medical practitioner or a dentist and a person qualified to act in a medical emergency is immediately available.

[am. B.C. Reg. 75/2012.]

Patient relations program

7   The college is designated for the purposes of section 16 (2) (f) of the Act.

Health profession corporations

8   Part 4 of the Act applies to dental hygiene.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, section 12 (2)]