What is a Registered Dental Hygienist

A registered dental hygienist is an educated primary healthcare professional whose work focuses on the oral health of an individual or community. They provide client-centred services to prevent and treat oral disease and promote wellness.

Registered dental hygienists in Alberta have met the educational and additional requirements of registration established by College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta under the authority of the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the Dental Hygienists Profession Regulation

The University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Program is the approved program for registration in Alberta and serves as the benchmark program of study for all persons applying for registration in Alberta.

Protected Titles

Under the HPA, only registrants on CRDHA's general register and courtesy register are issued a practice permit and thus allowed to use following titles, abbreviations, and initials:

  • dental hygienist
  • registered dental hygienist
  • D.H. or DH
  • R.D.H. or RDH