Dental Hygiene: News


  • Dental Hygiene students participate in "Give Kids a Smile" days that are coordinated by the School of Dental Medicine Department of Pediatric Dentistry and occur during February and March of each year. The dental hygiene students are part of a team consisting of faculty, staff and dental students who provide dental care and education to underserved children   in the community.
  • Weekly during the academic year, two students are assigned to the Allegheny County Health Department's Fluoride Varnish rotation.  This rotation involves educating Head Start children on the benefits of good oral health habits.  At each session, the students apply fluoride varnish to 15-20 preschool children.  This program is managed under the supervision of Drs. Kanterman and White.
  • Weekly during the academic year, two students participate in the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Maxi Molar Sealant Program.  The students are assigned to support the educational component of the ACHD sealant program.  Dental Hygiene students educate 2nd and 6th graders on the benefits of dental sealants, regular dental care, good oral hygiene, and other health promotion and disease prevention topics, such as making health choices, nutrition, mouthguards, and staying tobacco free.
  • The Dental Hygiene faculty and students routinely participate in community service projects and health fairs.  Dental health education lessons, as well as tobacco cessation counseling, is provided.