Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic

Brushing Up on a New Dental Hygiene Clinic

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Expert: It’s bright. It’s clean. It’s a very motivating environment. Narrator: It’s also new. Dental hygiene students at Pennsylvania College
of Technology are developing their skills in a renovated clinic that mimics a health-care
setting with advanced technology and improved aesthetics. Student: The clinic has made an amazing transformation. It’s modern, state of the art. I walked in and a big smile came on my face! Student: It’s really nice to have something
new, especially since you’re the first one to use it. It was really exciting. Expert: The new clinic allows the students
to work with the technologies that are now an expectation for the real world. Narrator: Those technologies include digital
radiographs, intraoral cameras, electronic charting and two monitors per workstation. Expert: It really helps having the two monitors
at each unit because the students can pull up the dental X-rays that are completely digital
on one monitor while working with the electronic charting on the other monitor. Student to patient: Do you chew gum? Student: So as I’m doing charting on the computer
while I’m getting that done, I can have the patient watch a video, look at pictures of
their mouth if I were to take pictures. That’s really helpful. Student: You have everything at the reach
of your hand. Your cupboards are filled with everything
you could possibly need for your patient, for yourself. That saves you time and lets you go through
more patients every semester. Narrator: Collectively, dental hygiene students
see a couple thousand patients each year from the community. Those patients receive low-cost services from
cleanings to X-rays. And the students receive invaluable hands-on
experience. Expert: Our main focus is to educate and train
our students for entry into the real world and certainly the inclusion of real, live
patients is critical. Student: You make a difference. You sit down and they may have a lot of plaque. You take it off. It’s really a rewarding experience. Narrator: Thanks to the new clinic, more students
are enjoying the experience. The 53-hundred square foot facility includes
four additional workstations, which allows 40 students to be accepted into the popular
major per year. Yet the student to instructor ratio remains
low. Student: It’s approximately one instructor
to four students in the lab. So that really helps us get personal time
with the instructors. Narrator: The clinic’s linear layout and 72-inch
wall space between workstations facilitates increased privacy to the delight of patients
and the students. Student to patient: You just want to have
clean teeth? Ok! Student: It kind of gives you the opportunity
to work freely but still be under watch. I like it a lot better than the previous (clinic). You would turn around and you felt like you
were being watched every second. Narrator: Penn College offers both an associate
and bachelor’s degree for dental hygiene students, who will be benefitting from the clinic for
years to come. Expert: When you step in here, as an educator,
you want to teach. As a student, you come in and want to learn. And that’s what it’s all about. Narrator: For PCToday, I’m Tom Speicher.

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