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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Program Receives X-Ray Unit Donation

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Sirona Dental Systems, in conjunction with Patterson Dental Supply, recently donated a digital X-ray unit to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program so students may learn by using the most up-to-date technology.

“Digital units are being used more frequently than their conventional film counterparts in dental offices, so this very generous donation will allow our students to familiarize themselves with equipment they will likely be using during their careers,” said Program Director and Assistant Professor Pamela P. Quinn. “Digital machines are also much more efficient and emit less radiation.”

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

Students, who work under the direct supervision of a licensed dental practitioner, provide no-cost preventive services to community members. Quinn said the facility has served more than 5,000 patients since it opened in 2006 and provided approximately $280,000 worth of free dental care this past academic year. In addition to exposing X-rays, students administer cancer screenings, cavity checks, evaluations, saliva testing, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants.

The hygiene students have spearheaded several community outreach projects to educate children and teens about the importance of good oral hygiene. The program has earned three national awards from the American Dental Hygienists Association.

The Dental Hygiene program is located at the College’s satellite campus in Rome, N.Y., and students can choose to earn either a two- or four-year degree. Quinn said graduates have had a 100 percent success rate on the national licensing exam for the past six years and the program has seen 100 percent job placement. Dental hygiene is a profession with an ongoing demand in the workforce, which is anticipated to continue through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Major Receives David R. Maynard Student Activities Award

Friday, May 17th, 2013

A SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major is being honored for her volunteer work and fundraising efforts at the College’s 105th Commencement.

Ashley A. Abeling of Perth is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and will be recognized among other award recipients and honorees at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Abeling

Ashley A. Abeling of Perth is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Abeling led a fundraising initiative to cover expenses for 12 of her classmates to attend a dental hygiene seminar in Boston during winter break. She also made lodging and transportation arrangements for the group.

“In my 25 years of teaching, I have never worked with a student with so much energy who is so altruistic and dedicated to others,” said Pamela P. Quinn, curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene program. “She is one of the most selfless people I have worked with.”

Abeling has also volunteered her time to mentor incoming SUNY Canton freshman. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and a master’s degree in Public Health.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities.

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Students Earn Prestigious National Award

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The American Dental Hygienists Association is recognizing SUNY Canton’s dental hygiene program for its extensive work in the community for the third consecutive year.

The College’s program, which is located at SUNY Canton’s distant campus in Rome, N.Y., will receive the 2010 American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Student Member Community Service Award. SUNY Canton is one of just three recipients nationwide to receive the award which will be presented in Las Vegas on June 25 and 26.

Jessica Cunningham, a 2010 graduate, works on a patient at Aspen Dental.

The students were selected as a result of several community outreach projects over the past two semesters. They worked with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center and the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, both located in Rome, N.Y., as well as with Aspen Dental and Hillside Services in Onondaga County.

“Community health is the core of the dental hygiene profession,” said SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene Curriculum Coordinator Pamela P. Quinn. “Our faculty embraces public health and encourages activities that will instill that value in our graduates. We hope our students will continue to participate in community health projects after they graduate.”

In February, the students celebrated Dental Health Month by spending a Saturday in Syracuse exposing radiographs, providing cleanings, and applying fluoride varnish to high risk teens attending Hillside Services. For some, this was their first visit to a dental professional.

The program also spearheaded a three-month project with three preschool classrooms at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center and five Headstart classrooms in Rome throughout the spring.  Nearly 140 children benefited from the project, learning the importance of good oral hygiene. The students used rotary toothbrushes to reinforce good brushing habits and visited the classrooms to monitor progress over the course of several weeks.

The classroom teachers at both facilities organized a field trip to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Clinic. During the visit, the children received a dental screening and an application of fluoride varnish which helps reduce the risk of long-term dental problems.

As a culmination activity, the College’s dental hygiene students developed table clinics and hosted a mini health fair at each location.

“Access to dental care is a growing concern in today’s society,” Quinn said. “Through this project, the  hygiene students offered their services to a population with unmet dental needs, and the children and teens from these agencies not only received free preventive dental care but also became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. It was a win-win situation for all involved parties.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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Dental Hygiene Program Wins Top Honors for a Second Year

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award for the second year in a row.

Students in the program were recognized for continuing a community outreach initiative that teaches youth the importance of proper oral health. This year, the future dental hygienists worked with almost 100 children from three Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Headstart facilities in the greater Rome, N.Y. area.

Dental Hygiene Students

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene students provide exams and cleanings at the Veteran's Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Associate Program. “We’ve now won it twice, which further demonstrates the quality of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Each child who participated in the project received an electric toothbrush, provided by a Health Preventive Dentistry grant. The SUNY Canton students demonstrated how to use the brushes to reinforce good home care habits. Some of the children also received a free examination.

“The project is very successful on a variety of levels,” Quinn said. “The children and young adults learn about the importance of healthy teeth and good daily habits. They also become more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. Our students, in turn, develop a deeper understanding of the dental needs of at-risk populations.”

To conclude the project, the Dental Hygiene students hosted a health fair for the parents at three Headstart facilities, to help further encourage healthy oral habits.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Picks Up National Dental Hygiene Award

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Dental Hygiene Program Director. “We are very honored to be one of the recipients.”

The program was recognized for its community outreach initiative with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center in Rome, N.Y. “It was a win-win situation for both student populations,” Quinn said. “Our hygiene students developed a deeper understanding of the dental needs of their patients while the children and young adults at that facility learned about their teeth and became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals.”

Each child received an electric toothbrush and the dental hygiene students utilized the brushes to reinforce good home care habits.

“This population of patients is at greater risk for cavities and periodontal disease,” Quinn explained. “During this 8-month project, the Dental Hygiene students screened each child’s teeth and applied fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of cavities. They also gave lessons on healthy snacks and other oral-health topics to the children and the staff as the year progressed.”

Some of the supplies for the project were provided through a Department of Health Preventive Dentistry Grant. The hygiene students also wrote letters seeking donations from dental product suppliers. “We have a larger class next fall so I am hoping that the project will expand,” Quinn said.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College recently began offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse, Utica, and surrounding areas.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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