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What will I learn?

Small class sizes and individualized attention from members of the Faculty of Dentistry ensure that each student is challenged throughout the course of his or her studies. Our faculty members are world-renowned within their areas of specialty, and they are teaching at Dalhousie because of a great desire to contribute both to our students' education and to the field of dentistry.

In the two-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) program, classes cover a wide variety of topics in the dental as well as medical professions, ensuring you have the knowledge and skills you need to become a qualified dental hygienist.

In the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) one-year completion program, your class schedule might include alternative practice settings, entrepreneurship and teaching methodologies.

Experiential learning

Your classroom experience in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry will be more than just desks and a whiteboard. And you won’t have to lug heavy textbooks with you to each class—your tuition includes a laptop computer that holds electronic versions of all the texts you’ll need for the courses in your program.

Besides the laptop, the Faculty of Dentistry provides state-of-the-art facilities for students its Diploma in Dental Hygiene (DDH) and Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BDH) programs. Whichever program you’re in, you’ll be using the most up-to-date equipment available, from curing lights to prosthodontic materials. Some of the equipment and technologies you’ll be using are the results of research done by the Faculty’s own professors.

In your second year of the Diploma in Dental Hygiene program, you'll spend part of every day in the Dalhousie Dental Clinic, where you’ll work on real patients. The clinic stocks everything you’ll need to asses and treat dental disease, as well as provide preventative care. The clinic provides you with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in lectures, as well as the practical knowledge learned in labs. And if you opt for the mindfulness elective, you’ll have additional strategies for dealing with the demands and challenges of clinic care, including relaxation techniques for anxious patients.

Learn more about the people who will be teaching you
Joanne Clovis

Our faculty are a diverse group who love to share knowledge.

Research opportunities

The Faculty of Dentistry has a rich and diverse research environment that is home to  strong individual research programs, as well as active collaborative research teams that cross over many disciplines and specialties, both within and outside the Faculty.

Our community and population health researchers are committed to improving the oral health of vulnerable populations, from disease surveillance to caring for frail elders.

Tui'kn (Passage) to Oral Health: A Community-led Research Partnership to Improve Oral Health in Unama'ki

This project is an initative of the Tui'kn Partnership and researchers at Dalhousie and Cape Breton Universities to design and implement innovative, locally appropriate and culturally relevant population health interventions to improve oral health.

'Kungatsiajuk': Supporting the Healthy Smiles of NunatuKavut children

Kungatsiajuk was a three year research study (2011-2014) on the oral health of children living in south-eastern Labrador. This research project brought together two kinds of knowledge - biomedical knowledge and Indigenous knowledge - to make a unique contribution to our understanding of the oral health of Aboriginal children.

Oral Care in Continuing Care Settings and Brushing Up on Mouth Care

This research explored the broad spectrum of influences on daily mouth care in long-term care. Through this research, a formal process for integrating oral care into organizational policy and practice in continuing care settings has been established.

Oral Health Study of the Immigrant Population (OHSIP)

OHSIP was a survey of the oral health status of Nova Scotian immigrants and refugees. It was the first study aimed at investigating the oral health status of recent immigrants and refugees in the province.

Increasing Capacity for Oral Health (ICOH)

ICOH aimed to inform oral health policy regarding vulnerable populations. The project was a collaboration between clinician-researchers at Dalhousie and a diverse group of stakeholders in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Oral Health of our Aging Population (TOHAP)

TOHAP was a survey of the oral health status, treatment needs and expectations of Nova Scotians age 45 and older. The study was lead by clinician researchers in Dalhousie's Faculty of Dentistry.

Our researchers also conduct innovative research at home in the Faculty of Dentistry and alongside other health professions faculties at Dalhousie. Explore our research centres and labs.