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Penn College students serve 2,000-plus patients in Dental Hygiene Clinic

Pennsylvania College of Technology students provided dental care to more than 2,000 patients in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic during the 2018-19 academic year.

The college’s state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic is open to the public and provides low-cost services that include cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants.

Since many patients require more than one visit, the students provided a total of 4,138 patient appointments.

“I enjoy coming to the clinic because it makes me feel encouraged, well taken care of, and the treatment is thorough,” said Beverly Groff, a patient of the clinic for over 30 years. “I like coming back because the staff is friendly, and I do not feel belittled.”

Penn College dental hygiene students have been providing preventive dental hygiene services for Williamsport and surrounding communities since 1978.

“The research is clear that good oral health has a positive impact on our overall health,” said Sandra Richmond, dean of nursing and health sciences. “We are very proud at Penn College to provide dental cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants for our community members.”

The Dental Hygiene Clinic is open during the school year — typically September through April — and is staffed by licensed dentists and dental hygienists. Before providing patient care in the clinic, each student has extensive training and must demonstrate competency in clinical skills.

“The dental hygiene program helps meet the oral health needs of the community by providing low-cost preventive care, which results in an amazing, real-world learning environment for the students,” said Shawn Kiser, director of dental hygiene.

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