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Kirkwood Dental Hygiene Class of 2019

Group events throughout the last two years

  • Tour of a local dental laboratory where we were able to get a first-hand look at 3D printing and the creation of implants, dentures, partials and dental sleep appliances. 
  • As a group we have had the pleasure to host two Family Dental Health Night events. The aim of these free events is to provide dental screenings, fluoride varnish treatments and information on oral health to a population that may not otherwise have access.
  • In small groups, we have all had the opportunity to teach proper brushing/flossing habits and nutritional information to schoolchildren across Linn County.
  • We recently traveled to Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, to attend board prep.
  • As a class we attend annual conferences.
  • While in the program we have had the chance to rotate through a variety of dental departments including; special care, perio and radiology. We have had the opportunity to treat patients at the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids free clinics, Oakdale prison and also nursing homes.
  • This past summer we spent practicing and passing our requirements for local anesthesia delivery, and we can all still feel our faces.
  • In July, a small group of the 2019 class traveled to Jamaica with dentists, dental students and dental assistants. While there they were able to learn so much about the Jamaican culture, observe and assist in restorations and extractions and provide dental cleanings to the community.

students

There are nineteen seniors preparing for written and clinical boards and graduation. Of the nineteen, nine are planning to stay in Iowa, with seven staying in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and two headed to the Des Moines area. Eight of the seniors have plans to leave Iowa after graduation.  There are eight seniors planning to work on advanced degrees, seven of them will be completing their bachelor degrees in DH, and one will be working on a master’s degree. Several of the graduates are hoping to work in a combination of areas; those plans include some public health settings along with their private practice employment.

 

 

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The student/faculty meeting was held Sept. 28th in Ankeny at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus. Students heard from speaker Cindy Purdy in the morning on Ergonomics and in the afternoon our President Elect, Jen Pierce set up a panel of Dental Hygienists that shared different career choices for dental hygienists. Students were able to ask questions to the panel during this time. It was a great success!