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Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists

Other titles : dental hygiene technician, dental hygienist, orthodontic hygienist


Description :

Dental hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and information related to the prevention of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. They are employed in dentists' offices, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, government agencies and private industry.

Main duties :

  • conduct an initial dental assessment and consult with dentists on patient care;
  • take dental impressions;
  • instruct patients regarding oral hygiene procedures;
  • clean and stimulate the gums to prevent gum disease;
  • remove stains and deposits from teeth to prevent tooth and root decay;
  • apply fluoride treatment;
  • take and develop X-rays;
  • may perform restorative and orthodontic procedures under the direction of a dentist.
  • Estrie
  • Côte-Nord
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Outaouais
  • Montréal
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Laval
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie
  • Centre-du-Québec


Diploma of College Studies (DCS)


Techniques d'hygiène dentaire

(Training program available in French only)

Program length: 3 years

Program Objectives

Rendre apte à travailler à l’amélioration et au maintien de la santé buccale de la population et permettre d’assumer auprès de cette dernière un rôle d’éducatrice ou d’éducateur en santé dentaire. Fonction de traitement et de prévention. 

Educational organizations offering the program