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Practice Ownership

Resources for dental hygienists who are practice owners/operators or who are considering owning/operating their own practice.

Practice Ownership

The resources on this page are not inclusive of all business requirements that dental hygiene practice owners/operators will encounter. There are many things to consider and review before opening/operating a dental hygiene practice in Alberta.

The resources on this page will be updated regularly. Please ensure you are always referring to the most up-to-date version of resources.

If you have any questions about the below information and resources, please contact a Compliance Advisor.

There are many things to consider and review before opening/operating a dental hygiene practice in Alberta.

Prior to becoming a dental hygiene practice owner/operator, address your specific gaps in knowledge or skills and select appropriate professional development to ensure you are knowledgeable and competent in all areas related to owning/operating a dental hygiene practice.

Examples of some areas include but are not limited to:

  • Relevant legislation related to owing/operating your practice
  • ACDH Standards of Practice, guidelines and policies
  • Code of Ethics, including principles related to advertising • Infection prevention and control
  • Clinical therapy
  • Medical emergencies
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Record management, charting systems, and privacy
  • Responsibilities outlined in the Health Information Act
  • Financial bookkeeping/accounting systems.

The College does not provide accounting, legal, or other advice/consulting related to the setup and operation of your business. Please contact the appropriate professionals for these topics.

Occupational Health and Safety

Laws governing health and safety in Alberta’s workplaces falls under the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, OHS Regulation and OHS Code. This legislation establishes minimum standards for safe and healthy practices in Alberta workplaces.

Additional OHS Resources:

Visit the College's Practice Resources page for additional OHS information.

If you have specific questions related to Occupational Health and Safety, contact OHS directly:

Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690 
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215


All dental hygienists are either custodians or affiliates under the HIA and have obligations to properly manage health information. A dental hygienist that owns/operates a dental hygiene practice is likely acting as a custodian for health information. Custodians have responsibilities and duties under the Health Information Act (HIA) for safeguarding client’s health information.

Additional Privacy resources:

If you have specific questions about managing privacy and your privacy impact assessment, contact the Office of the Information and Privacy and Commissioner of Alberta directly:

Toll-Free: 1-888-878-4044
Edmonton office: (780) 422-6860
Calgary office: (403) 297-2728

Alberta Health Services Notification

The Alberta Health Personal Services Regulation and Standards ("Regulation and Standards") applies to dental hygiene practices that offer tooth whitening or tooth gems. Alberta Health identifies tooth whitening and tooth gems as personal services. Dental hygienists who offer these services must ensure they are complying with the Regulation and Standards.

As an owner/operator, you are required to notify Alberta Health Services if you are currently providing personal services and prior to providing any new personal services. 

Read more about the requirements for owners/operators offering personal services.