Why Dental Hygeienists?
With the passing of Bill 171, the Health System Improvements Act, 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term confirmed the need to increase and improve the public’s access to oral hygiene and oral health services. This new legislation revised the Dental Hygiene Act, 1991, to ensure that dental hygienists could provide oral health care in a wide variety of practice settings — including within their own practice, thus allowing them to “self-initiate” (i.e., provide services without an order from a dentist).
This change has meant that the public now has a significant amount of choice in regards to how they can access preventative oral health care services, who they receive these services from, and when and where they receive these services. With the old barrier removed, you are no longer limited by the prices, service offerings, and practitioners provided by your dentist, you can receive treatment directlyfrom the dental hygienist you choose. And, that ability to choose also means oral health care services are often available at noticeably lower prices, and there is more flexibility in appointment times and in the length of appointments.
In short, going to a dental hygienist directly means getting the same beneficial oral health care services you’ve come to depend on — just at a more affordable price and in a more relaxed way. It’s care that fits you!