CARE FOR YOUR MOUTH AND
YOUR WHOLE BODY BENEFITS
Dental hygienists help guide a lifetime of good oral health
A message from the members of the
College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
Many people think only of healthy teeth when they hear the
words “oral health,” but it’s about more than just your teeth.
Oral health also includes healthy lips, cheeks, tongue, throat,
and the roof and floor of your mouth.
Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life.
Good oral health is being free from tooth decay, tooth loss,
periodontal (gum) disease, mouth and facial pain, oral infection and sores, oral and throat cancer and other conditions that
limit your biting, chewing, smiling, speaking and psychosocial
Your oral health is closely tied to your overall health. In fact,
much research is being conducted into the relationship between
periodontal disease and diabetes, cardiovascular (heart) disease
The two most common oral diseases (dental decay and
periodontal disease) are chronic infections that can be
prevented. Alberta’s registered dental hygienists play a critical
role in helping you prevent oral disease. Dental hygienists
first provided preventive services in Alberta’s classrooms and
community health centres in the 1950s. Today, dental hygienists
are champions of oral health in a variety of practice settings,
with some dental hygienists in private dental hygiene practices
providing care to the home-bound and to residents in long-term
The College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta is
the regulatory body for the province’s 3,200 practising dental
hygienists. It ensures all dental hygienists are registered and
deliver top-notch care. The CRDHA sets the practice standards
and code of ethics and investigates concerns about professional
Dental hygienists work with every age group from young
children to elderly people. They provide advice on preventing
oral disease, provide treatment for periodontal disease and
screen for dental decay, oral cancer and other oral problems.
Through mobile clinics, dental hygienists are reaching Albertans who can’t always access care in a traditional dental or dental hygiene practice. To help you connect to oral health services,
see the resources listed on page 31.
The College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
provides information to help individuals and communities
prevent oral disease, maintain good oral health and increase
awareness of the relationship of oral health to general health.
In striving to achieve these objectives, it is our hope that we
can better serve Albertans.
Registered dental hygienists work with every age group
from young children to elderly people. Through screening,
education, therapeutic and preventive procedures, they can
help reduce your risk of oral health problems.
You can get care from registered dental hygienists through
dental offices, stand-alone offices and mobile services, such
as in care facilities, across Alberta.