Healthy Teeth are Happy Teeth!

If that’s a statement you agree with, why not help make it happen for clients of your very own?

Confederation College’s Dental Hygiene three-year program provides students with all the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to succeed in this challenging health care discipline. Professional dental hygienists have five primary responsibilities: clinical therapy (cleaning teeth), health promotion, education, administration and research. Generally, dental hygienists work with dentists and other professionals to provide client centred care. In many ways though, they work independently in their own area of expertise to promote oral health and wellness for their clients.

Students will learn in the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Coursework includes topics such as microbiology for dental hygienists, principles in dental hygiene, preventive oral health promotion, research methods, health policy and advocacy and evidence-based practice.


  • Students get hands-on experience at placements in long-term care facilities, schools and dental offices
  • Graduates of the program will be able to take the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE)
  • After passing the NDHCE, graduates are eligible for registration from the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario as a dental hygienist

The Dental Hygiene Program at Confederation College provided me with the...

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Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you may find employment in private dental offices, community dental clinics, hospital dental clinics, public health units and specialty dental practices such as orthodontics, paedodontics and periodontics. Some dental hygienists go on to private practice careers.

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