CDHM Interpretation Guidelines

*These sections are continually updated to reflect current evidence. However, readers are welcome to contact the CDHM office if they have questions about the application of these Guidelines, Statements and Directions.

“Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances” (Institute of Medicine, 1990). Practice or interpretation guidelines define the role of specific assessment and treatment modalities in the management of clients. The purpose of interpretation guidelines is to support clinicians and clients in making appropriate decisions about health care.

CDHM Position Statements

While Interpretation Guidelines focus on treatment modalities within dental hygiene scope of practice, there are some treatments offered in oral health settings that dental hygienists may not perform in Manitoba. The purpose of position statements is to highlight these treatments and support clinicians and clients in making appropriate decisions related to oral health care.

Practice Directions

Practice Directions are supplemental interpretations of legislation pertaining to the practical duties, responsibilities, and boundaries of ethical professional practice.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is a document that is designed to set out acceptable behaviours that registrants of a profession are expected to incorporate into their practice. As well, a Code of Ethics can also increase confidence in a governing body by indicating to the public that registrants of the organization are committed to following basic ethical guidelines in the course of providing treatment.

CDHM Practice Standards

The College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba Practice Standards define and describe dental hygiene practice in the province of Manitoba. Dental hygiene is a health profession involving theory and evidence-based practice. Dental hygiene theory and practice draw on biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences and the body of dental hygiene knowledge. The practice of dental hygiene involves collaboration with clients, other health professionals and society to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, an integral part of well-being. The Practice Standards are divided into 5 categories;

  1. Professional Responsibilities
  2. Dental Hygiene Process Assessment
  3. Dental Hygiene Process Planning
  4. Dental Hygiene Process Implementation
  5. Dental Hygiene Process Evaluation

CDHM Competencies

The College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba Competencies are assumptions based on dental hygiene entry-level competencies which reflect dental hygiene paradigm concepts.