Brief Description of Program:
Dental hygienists typically do the following:
- • Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
• Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
• Take and develop dental x rays
• Keep track of patient care and treatment plans
• Teach patients oral hygiene, such as how to brush and floss correctly
Dental hygienists are skilled health care providers that specialize in the teeth and surrounding tissues of the oral cavity. Dental hygienists are trained to recognize early signs and symptoms of oral and systemic diseases and how oral and systemic health together affect the overall health of the patient. Dental hygienists are trained to use a variety of instruments to remove calculus, plaque, and stains from tooth surfaces. A series of examination and screenings gives insight to the hygienist to develop an individualized care plan to restore a person’s mouth to health. All of these tasks are done with optimal infection control procedures to provide safety to the hygienist and patient.
The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) is conducting an accreditation site visit of the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs at Pearl River Community College on December 1-3, 2015. Third party comments from students, patients, and other parties of interest are solicited by CODA up until 60 days prior to the scheduled visit.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review comments that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653. Comments must be received 60 days prior to December 1, 2015. Comments must be signed and signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program. Only signed comments will be considered. Comments must pertain only to Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting standards used in the accreditation process.
To provide the academic foundation as well as the technological education and clinical practice enabling the graduate to have the knowledge and skills to practice dental hygiene competently, ethically, and legally in the State of MS.
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