November 23, 2020
PDHA hosted the Informative Posters online on 11-18-20 and it was a success!!!
The students were well prepared and presented information on a variety of subjects. The judges were impressed and their comments showed how much they enjoyed hearing the students, and seeing the effort they put into their posters.
A list of the top 10 posters and the schools that presented them follows. Way to go!!!
Join PDHA in congratulating ALL the presenters and thank you to the judges for your feedback and encouragement.
We hope to see you in Erie, PA in October 2021.
1st Place ($250) “The Innovation of Smiles”
Tori Bish, Sonnet Woodrow Westmoreland
2nd Place ($200) “Transforming Treatment for Transplant Patients”
Tara Roupp, Kimberly Bergenstock Penn College
3rd Place ($150) “ Anesthetizing the Fear of Dental Anxiety”
Alexis Marker, Elizabeth Rea Westmoreland
4th Place ($100) “Going Green: Innovative Products for Periodontal Prevention and Maintenance”
Madilyn Serenko, Erin Gohn, Kylee Gaspar Penn College
5th Place ($50) “ Nuts over Coconut Oil Pulling”
Eleni Paradisis, Caitlyn Gentile, Kate Yakovleva, Jose Fulgencio CCP
6th Place ($50) “ The Move Toward Intraoral Digital Scanning”
Rachel Anderson, Yasmeen Froukh CCP
7th Place ($50) “ Going Green in Dentistry”
Abigail Sihler, Alexi Benner NCC
8th Place ($50) “ Toothbrush Induced Epilepsy”
Eliza Miller, Katie Reimer NCC
9th Place ($50) Don’t Forget About Me: Association of Periodontal Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease”
Lauren Reckner, Alyssia Reifer, John Rogers, Emily Teresi Univ. of Pitt
10th Place ($50) TIE
“ Rethink Your Drink”
Shawna Daley, Ciara Horvat Westmoreland
“ The Impact of Cranberries on Oral Health”
Serenity Rodriguez, Lesly Balan-Lopez NCC
February 29, 2020
The Fortis Scranton Dental Hygiene students hosted it’s 8th annual Give Kids a Smile Day event on Saturday February 29, 2020. Approximately 30 children were provided with free exams, prophylaxis, fluoride, radiographs, and sealants. There were 19 dental hygiene students, 5 RDH’s and 2 dentists that volunteered their time.
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Dental Hygiene Department 2018
Seventeen Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where they provided dental care to children at six schools in the Las Terrenas area. Check out this amazing article of these students doing big things, here!
Luzerne County Community College – Dental Health Department 2018
The Dental Hygiene Class of 2018 completed preventive dental hygiene treatment for 1,683 patients in the Benco Dental Health Clinic. This treatment consisted of: oral exams, including an oral cancer screening, home care instruction, dental and periodontal charting, scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatments. Additional procedures are based upon patient need and may include dental x-rays, mouth guards, bleaching trays, sealants, SDF treatment for dental cavities, tooth desensitization, and denture cleanings.
Second year dental hygiene students and dental assisting students worked together to treat individuals with special needs from Keystone Community Resources and dental hygiene students provided care to clients from Northeast Counseling Services. Second year dental hygiene students, along with dental assisting students treated 24 children during Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day and 30 children visited the interactive dental health stations conducted by the first year dental hygiene students.
Dental hygiene students extended their preventive efforts in the community by providing dental health instruction and supplies to 2,102 individuals ranging from the very young to the very old. Students also participated in the Penn State Hazleton Health Fair and the LCCC Wellness Fair. Educational supplies for children and teens were provided by the P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation.
During their last semester, students designed, implemented, and evaluated community dental health projects for the following groups:
- Staff in-service program for Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nanticoke
- Danville State Hospital
- The Manna House in Wilkes-Barre
- New Mom’s Group in Kingston
- Shikellamy High School special education class
- North Pocono Intermediate School District special education class
- Staff in-service program for Endless Mountain Health System
The Dental Hygiene Program will continue to be very busy during the spring semester. The annual Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day event will be held on March 30, 2019. Dental Hygiene students will also be participating in the Benco Board Bowl, a competition for local dental hygiene programs.