Healthy mouth/Healthy body!

If that’s a statement you agree with, then Dental Hygiene may be the career for you!

Confederation College’s three year Dental Hygiene 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 may work in private practice or independently providing client-centred care. Oral health promotion and health prevention are their main focus.

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

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Allison Heerema


The Dental Hygiene program helped me to grow in the dental field.


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Shashvat from India


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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