Providing Dental Hygiene Services during the Pandemic

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.

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-opened on or after June 5 (when Stage 2 was initiated) assumed 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 dental hygiene practices owned and operated by dental hygienists (e.g. stand-alone/storefront, 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 stand-alone (storefront) 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. The contact information is listed in alphabetical order, by business name. The practice setting(s), and area they serve, if applicable, are listed below. Each practice welcomes new clients.       

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All Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic Professional Corp. Inc., Owner: Marilyn Cummings, RDH, BScHE
Practice Settings: Storefront Clinic and Mobile Services, including Long Term Care Facilities

Storefront Clinic Address:
2069 Hammonds Plains Rd, Unit 1, Hammonds Plains, NS B4B 1P3
Providing mobile services in Halifax Regional Municipality; Long Term Care Facility services in Halifax and Dartmouth (Central Zone)
Ph: (902) 835-6632
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www.allsmilesclinic.ca

Coastal Dental Hygiene, Owners: Palmer Nelson, RDH, BA and Sydney Nelson, RDH
Practice Settings: Storefront Clinic and Mobile Services, including Long Term Care Facilities

Storefront Clinic Address:
110 Pine Grove St., Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0

Providing mobile services in Lunenburg County; Long Term Care Facility services from Liverpool to Halifax (Western and Central Zone)
Ph: (902) 497-5199
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https://www.coastaldentalhygiene.com

Dental Magic Hygiene Studio, Owner: Dianna Major, RDH, BSc Hons
Practice Setting: Storefront Clinic

Storefront Clinic Address: 
2-1622 Sackville Dr., Middle Sackville, NS, B4E 3A8

Ph: (902) 252-4888
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www.dmhygiene.ca

Happy Smiles Dental Hygiene Professional Corp. Inc., Owner: Jayne Beaumont, RDH
Practice Setting: Storefront Clinic

Storefront Clinic Address: 
73 Tacoma Drive, Suite 504, Dartmouth, NS B2W 3Y6

Ph: (902) 444-1110
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www.happy-smiles.ca

Hygiene by Careen, Smiles on the Go, Owner: Careen McNeil, RDH 
Practice Settings: Mobile Services, including Long Term Care Facilities

Providing mobile services in Halifax Regional Municipality; Long Term Care Facility services in Halifax and Dartmouth (Central Zone)
Ph: (902) 719-6447
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www.hygienebycareen.com 

Island Oral Health Services, Owner: Wanda Fedora, RDH
Practice Setting: Mobile Services in Long Term Care Facilities 

Providing mobile services in Long Term Care Facilities on Cape Breton Island (Eastern Zone)

43 Wyndale Cres, Sydney, NS, B1S 3L4
Ph: (902) 578-6724 
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Ronna Ryer Dental Hygiene, Owner: Ronna Ryer, RDH
Practice Settings: Storefront Clinic and Mobile Services in Long Term Care Facilities

Storefront Clinic Address:
271 Oak Park Road, Barrington, NS B0W 1E0

Providing mobile services to Long Term Care Facilities in Shelburne and Yarmouth County (Western Zone)
Ph: (902) 320-0809

Safer Smiles Custom Mouthguards, Owner: Wendy Wells, RDH
Practice Setting: Mobile Custom Mouthguard Services

15 Piccadilly Close, Stillwater Lake, NS, B3Z 1N2

Providing mobile custom mouthguard services in Halifax Regional Municipality
Ph: (902) 456-1663
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www.safersmiles.com

Sweet Valley Smiles Dental Hygiene Care, Owner: Karen Fletcher, RDH 
Practice Setting: Mobile Services, including Long Term Care Facilities

57 Dr Lewis Johnson St., South Farmington, NS, B0P 1W0
Providing mobile services, including Long Term Care Facilities, in the Western Zone - Annapolis Valley, Windsor to Digby
Ph: (902) 848 1137
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NOTE:  If you are a CDHNS registrant 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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