Changes occurring in June 2020

At the College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia (CDHNS), our goal is to ensure that safe, timely, appropriate oral health care is provided to Nova Scotians during this pandemic. At the same time, we must work to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, including community transmission, and ensure the supply of human resources, supplies, and equipment are sufficient to provide necessary medical and dental care during this time.

On May 29, 2020, the Nova Scotia government issued a revised order under the Health Protection Act that allowed previously restricted regulated health professionals, including the oral health professions, to begin engaging in in-person and virtual care in private practices on June 5, 2020, providing they remained within scope and that the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) approved the regulatory body's return to work action plan. On May 29, 2020, the CMOH notified the four oral health regulators that their phased-in Return to Work Guidelines for Oral Health Professions of Nova Scotia had been approved. As such, effective June 5, 2020, the CDHNS removed its strong recommendation that dental hygiene practices close.  

All Nova Scotia's oral health professions agreed to a phased-in approach, rather than an immediate resumption of full services. This phased-in approach began on June 5, 2020 with the provision of emergency and urgent care. The current Stage (comprehensive care) began on June 19, 2020 and is outlined below. 

Stage 3 began June 19, 2020:  As of June 19, 2020, all oral health care private practices (e.g., dental, dental hygiene, denturist practices) are able to provide comprehensive care (emergency, urgent, and non-urgent (elective) care. Dental hygienists must follow the protocols set out by the CDHNS (See Tab 1 of the Return to Work Guidelines for Oral Health Professions of Nova Scotia) and the Nova Scotia Government's Reopening Guidance for Health Care Settings. Each practice must independently decide when it is prepared to re-open to provide oral health care. Practices that re-open on or after June 5 (when Stage 2 was initiated) assume any liability that may arise from the resumption of services. Accordingly, it is critical that any dental hygienist that returns to practice on or after June 5 strictly complies with the established protocols. Further, dental hygienists are responsible for ensuring that their clients comply with the protocols, where applicable.

Please see the directory below for the listing of independent dental hygiene clinics (e.g. stand-alone, mobile).

During this time, it is even more important to practice good oral hygiene to help prevent oral health problems and to help maintain your overall health.   

https://files.cdha.ca/profession/resources/Dental_Hygiene_for_Life_FactSheet.pdf

https://files.cdha.ca/newsEvents/SpecialEvents/NDHW_2015/oral_tips_letter_2017.pdf

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Independent Dental Hygiene Practices (Private Dental Hygiene Practices)

Regulations enacted under the Dental Hygienists Act of Nova Scotia (2007) and effective May 15, 2009 allow registered and licensed dental hygienists to provide services in a variety of practice settings in addition to a dental office.

Practice settings can include long term care facilities, collaborative practices, multi discipline clinics, mobile services, and/or a standalone office.

Following is the business contact information for registered and licensed practising Nova Scotia dental hygienists who have established private dental hygiene practices and provide dental hygiene care in alternate settings. The contact information is listed in alphabetical order, by business name. Each practice welcomes new clients.       

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All Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic, Owner: Marilyn Cummings, RDH, BScHE

2069 Hammonds Plains Rd
Unit 1, Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 1P3
(902) 835-6632
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www.allsmilesclinic.ca

Dental Magic Hygiene Studio, Owner: Dianna Major, RDH, BSc Hons

668 Sackville Dr. Unit A Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S5
(902) 252-4888
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www.dmhygiene.ca

Happy Smiles Dental Hygiene, Owner: Jayne Beaumont

Suite 305, 177 Main Street
Dartmouth NS B2X 1S1
(902) 444-1110
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www.happy-smiles.ca

Hygiene by Careen, Owner: Careen McNeil, RDH 

Smiles on the Go :) Mobile Smile Care
Call or a Text : (902) 719-6447

Ronna Ryer Dental Hygiene, Owner: Ronna Ryer, RDH

271 Oak Park Road, Barrington, NS B0W 1E0
Ph: (902) 320-0809

Safer Smiles Custom Mouthguards, Owner: Wendy Wells, RDH 

Mobile Clinic
15 Piccadilly Close, Stillwater Lake, NS
B3Z 1N2
(902) 456-1663
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www.safersmiles.com

NOTE:  If you are a CDHNS member who has established an independent dental hygiene practice but your information is not on this list, please email the CDHNS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The CDHNS updates the list regularly. If you find contact information which is out-of-date, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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