The SOHC website ( Link to SOHC Website ) contains all of the resources required to begin care in a Long Term Care Home, including:
  • Brochure
  • Better Oral Health in Long Term Care: Best Practice Standards for Saskatchewan Update (video)

Competency List for RDAs in LTC

Under The Dental Disciplines Act , Registered & Licensed Dental Assistants are able to work independently in a long-term care facility, provided that the duties are authorized by a dentist.Routine delegated duties could include:
  • Perform infection control procedures necessary for the maintenance of an appropriate clinical working environment.
  • Recording medical, dental and nutritional histories
  • Perform “Screening” according to calibration standards endorsed by the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan
  • Blood Pressure measurement
  • In-service training (and demonstration) of oral care procedures for staff and residents,
  • dietary counseling
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Brushing and flossing of residents’ teeth
  • Application of anti-cariogenic agents
  • Providing instruction on the use, cleaning and maintenance of full dentures, partial dentures and implants
  • Cleaning and labeling dentures
  • Coordinating/scheduling resident with dental health care professional as required
  •  Assist dentist/hygienist/dental therapist as required through maintaining the operating field using air, water, suction and moisture control products, and passing instruments and materials with the use of four-handed dentistry.

Potential additional duties:

  • Radiography
  • Preliminary impressions
  • Rubber cup polishing
  • Provisional restorations
  • Suture and surgical dressing removal
  • Digital photography to assist in diagnosis etc.
Saskatchewan Dental Assistants’ Association
307-845 Broad St. Regina, SK S4R 8G9
Ph: (306) 252-2769 Fax: (306) 252-2089