Parkland Report – Dental Hygiene

Parkland Report – Dental Hygiene


welcome to the parking report my name is
Seamus Riley joining me on this edition peg Boyce program director for dental
hygiene welcome to the Parkland report thank you
that’ll hide me here great to have you dental hygiene has a long storied
history here at Parkland College exactly how many years has it been around uh-oh
I think we had our 40th year anniversary a few years ago well sick College is
only 50 years old yeah dental hygiene wasn’t one of the
very first programs running here what was it like do you know from when we
were starting up dental hygiene well I I know people took classes downtown and
I’m not sure I think we’re in the original clinic space that we had which
is a great space with lots of windows it’s been through a couple remodels
since that time new chairs now we have computers at all the units and we have
all digital radiography but I graduated from here in 1980 and the clinic is the
same layout as it was then let’s talk a little bit about how the role of the
dental hygienist has changed over the years and I think it’s probably true for
many of our Health Professions programs where different pieces of the profession
have changed in terms of responsibility what’s different now for our dental
hygienists when they get out of here what are they expected to know how to do
how to what to do in the area well I think we talked a lot about
evidence-based decision making and looking at higher levels of evidence and
making decisions based on evidence for our patients not just anecdotal
information I think it’s very important to be a lifelong learner I think there’s
more of an emphasis on community like we rotate our students through smile
healthi the Community Dental Center and students are our graduates are much more
involved in those types of settings than they used to be which is great because
access to oral health is quite an issue all over the United States but our
dental hygienists when they when they when they graduate now are expected to
be able to do a lot more a little bit more independence in terms of dealing
with patients I mean I have a relationship right my dental hygienist
is the one who sort of sets up the appointment night yes I see the dentist
that sometimes don’t yes you’re right with me that’s right you don’t need the
dentist you only need that preventive care that’s really good right yeah so
yes and there are a lot of there are states that are have more expanded
duties for dental hygienists advanced dental hygiene practitioner dental
therapists that’s not happening in Illinois yet but hopefully in the future
because it will increase the access to care for patients that can’t afford
dental care let’s talk a little bit about the program itself like how do
students get into it one of the prerequisites before you can get entered
into the dental hygiene products English 101 and 102 psych so calm 103 and
they’re a and P 1 and 2 and micro before they start the program because the
program is tedious enough that if you have those courses out of the way you’re
much better off and most of our students do take those courses beforehand so you
have to have a 2.75 selective admission score which is a combination of your
total GPA and your science GPA divided by 2 so it relies heavily on the science
and then we probably a good 2/3 of our students come from out of district and
we take anyone in district that meets that requirement and how long is the
program itself once you have been admitted it it’s five semesters it’s one
year and then a mandatory summer semester and then
second year so once the student has graduated from the program then they’re
eligible to go to work right away as a hygienist
well they have to be licensed and that usually takes the state a little while
so they usually start working in about July and we’ve had a very very
successful placement rate in terms of our graduates and I meet him all the
time yeah been a very successful program for
the class yeah I just met a young gal from the Rockford area and she stopped
in my office and is trying to get in the program next year and I said well I
think you have a community college up around you and she said yeah but
everybody told me to come to parkland oh that’s nice yeah so she’s not taking her
prereqs and getting ready to apply talk to me a little bit about the the way in
which the equipment you mentioned new dental chairs and in the recent not so
long ago talk a little bit about the need for new technology as technology
has improved and changed the dental field yeah well we we now take only
digital radiographs so we don’t develop film anymore the radiograph comes up on
the screen you can make it very large you can use the cursor and show the
patient where they’ve lost bone or where there’s a where there might be some
decay and the radiation to the patient is probably less than half of what it
would have been before but yeah those it’s important to stay up with that
technology and to utilize it in the electronic health records now we do
quite a bit of our charting on the computer and so students have to learn
how to import all that and we have a computer and a keyboard right by every
chair and but you also have to know how to keep things clean so things aren’t
contaminated with all of the different aerosols and everything the
instrumentation itself has not changed much that has that improved there’s
always new instruments and new they used to have a really skinny little handle
and your hand would get cramped now they are more ergonomic they’re fatter
handles they’re lighter they have different bends and twists on them so it
makes it easier to get around the teeth so things are always evolving it’s
always fun – yeah the human element though is one of the things I know you
focus on and stress in terms of like care patient care which is true for all
Health Professions but specifically for your dental hygienist there’s a lot of
emphasis that goes into creating a good environment for the patient right yes
many people do come in to dental appointments fearful they’ve had a bad
experience and so we talk about our patients coming in with a backpack and
you don’t know what’s in that backpack and it might be personal issues that
might be anything a bad experience and so we are not just cleaning someone’s
teeth we’re treating the whole person and that mouth is attached to the whole
body and so a lot of people don’t understand why we would take their blood
pressure or why we would ask them to be on medication if they’ve had a knee
joint replacement well when you’re cleaning someone’s teeth you’re you can
introduce bacteria into the bloodstream that spreads through the whole mouth or
through the whole body so when we’re talking about dental care
and I think this is an important point to stress we’re really talking about
whole healthcare I mean whole body care absolutely the teeth are such an
important part of our bodies and then if you have unhealthy gums and do you think
and generate all kinds of other problems throughout the body yeah think about how
it affects your appearance in your speech there’s a new book out that’s
just fascinating it’s called teeth by Mary Otto and she
talks about the significance of oral health and how people live in pain and
how they don’t feel good about their smile and so it affects you know how you
feel about yourself every every single day it’s right it’s really something
you’ve also done a lot of work in your career here at Parkland in working to
engage the students and learning within the community and in serving mm-hmm
and you mentioned smile healthy but I want to go back to it says something you
did quite a long time ago that was a service-learning program you
did in India and also in the last decade or so work that you’ve done down in
Tennessee can you describe a little bit what those projects were and how you
came to get involved in them and also what the impact was for the students I
did my first mission trip the summer after I graduated and I always showed my
slides to our our students and so one year some of the students said let’s go
somewhere so I made a contact with a gentleman that had contacts in India and
he said do you want to go to India we said okay and so we took instruments and
hygienists and went to India for a couple weeks and there was a really hard
trip we did that twice and then we hooked up with a organization called
remote area medical in Tennessee where they do weekend trips and we took bus
loads of students and went there for the weekend and and helped them we’ve been
to Guatemala and recently when you do trips like that not everyone can be
involved in there extra time and they’re extra expense and so recently we have
teamed up with the local Dental Society to come into our clinic and we can do a
whole day and we can treat a hundred patients and oral surgeons from Carl and
Dennis come in and they do extractions and fillings and we see almost 100
patients so I feel like we started off the hard way and we’ve moved back home
now and not that we wouldn’t be involved overseas but more of our students can
see the impact and we can impact our own community one of the things I think I
know we talked a while ago about Tennessee was for the students and for
yourself and your faculty the incredible need yeah I mean people lining up all
night and I mean for the first time they’d seen a dentist in maybe 10 or 20
years right I think that is how too profound impact on our students right
yeah absolutely yeah and we see that here well I was going to say so the same
thing is right here now yeah it’s people would be surprised at how many people
lack care and live with pain and need that care it’s and its really good for
us to collaborate with the dental community as well because we have some
amazing dental professionals in our community
and to open up our clinic and to all work together is really important as
well and it’s a good sort of reminder of the work that we do as a community
college in the engaging the community and talk about it absolutely and making
our community a better place yeah yeah we do I really appreciate the support
from the administration and that they let us do that it’s it’s a great
experience well I think it’s a two-way street I mean I think it reflects well
on the college but I also think it is a really good thing for our for our
students to do and hopefully when they get into practices working dental
hygienists that they can then sort of continue to do the good work of
maintaining oral health yes I hope so thanks so much for your time thank you
okay we’ll be right back after this short break hello my name is Jenna and I’m Mary and
we are both students in the Parkland College dental hygiene programs today we
would like to talk about early childhood cavities early childhood cavities are
100 percent preventable a cavity is a hole in the tooth surface this appears
is a white yellow or brown area most commonly found on the front teeth the
main reason children get cavities are due to sugary drinks or juices that are
placed in the baby’s bottle or sippy cup it is very important not to put your
child to bed with milk juices or formula only water the sugars create an
environment for bacteria to grow and stick to the teeth
these bacteria will grow and form plaque which is a white sticky film that stays
on the tooth if it is not removed daily with the toothbrush limiting your
child’s sugary snacks is also very important adding fluoridated water such
as water out of the faucet can help decrease the chance of a cavity in your
child research has shown that babies are not
born with bacteria that cause a cavity rather they are affected by their
primary caregiver typically their mother bacteria can be shared from a mother to
her child and it is extremely important to remember never put your baby’s
pacifier in your own mouth one way to keep your child’s mouth healthy is to
use a finger brush and gently rub along the gumline after each meal a gauze
square or washcloth can also be used to clean the gums if your child has baby
teeth it is very important to use a small child sized toothbrush be sure to
remember to clean your baby’s mouth in the morning and at night also help your
child brush their teeth until they are at least in the first grade your child
should have the first dental check-up by the age of 1 day one got off to a slow start but it wasn’t long before the students
were put to work a lot more people are coming in there’s a lot more jobs to be
done we’re just rotating around trying to do
everything we have Ohi we have the sterilization we have the extractions
hygiene yeah three chairs as the morning developed most of the students found
themselves rotating from station to station either assisting dentists
cleaning teeth sterilizing instruments or performing Ohi what you don’t want to
do is brush really really hard Ohi stands for oral hygiene instruction
prevention is just as important as maintenance and parklands dental hygiene
students wanted to utilize the RAM clinic to stress that teeth brushing and
important to keeping your teeth clean how to floss and not a brush handed out
toothbrushes and toothpaste and now we’re sterilizing instruments as to we
can they’re really busy sterilization is definitely a dirty job but the Parkland
volunteers have it down to a science so this whole little assembly line thing
going here it goes from here over there so they can get put me altra sonic and
with the amount of people waiting to be treated every job being done is an
important part of the process midway through day one the greatest need is for
teeth extractions and fillings the for dentists that we brought I think are
mainly doing extractions they’re staying busy
I want to see how the day goes really structured quite a few teeth from y88
this morning basically been doing extractions all day the second-year
students have spent a good amount of time cleaning teeth in parklands clinic
but with all the dentists hard at work a new opportunity is available we also
have some students actually assisting dentist which they may or may not have
done that before myself assisting a dentist with extractions and that was
very interesting because I’ve never assisted before I don’t have any
assistant training but I got a little bit today certainly a lot of hands-on
learning with it with there’s you know assisting it was it was great because I
quickly anticipated what he needed and and that part was fun I think I would
enjoy doing some assisting I’d like to do the dental hygiene and assist when I
might not have a patient so I like that part a lot what’s great for the students
is also great for the dentists they’ve helped me out quite a bit everything
from sterilization to assisting I think some of the hygiene students are doing
some Profis they’re getting a lot of experience so it’s just a wonderful
thing as the dentists continue to work through the long line of people who are
in need of extractions and fillings the group from parkland decides to take
things into their own hands we have a lot of dentists here today so they are
taking most of the dental chairs that were made available so we really only
have about two to three chairs that we can use for dental hygiene but we have a
long line for people that need cleaning so what we’re trying to do is do a
makeshift a set of makeshift operatories over here so that we don’t actually have
to take space that is needed for restorations and for extractions so we
have students working we have registered dental hygienists that came with us
working we just felt the need was so great that we decided to try and do it
this way obviously this is not perfect but this is the we’re doing the best job
we can with the facilities that we have and we want to see as many people as we
can while the conditions are not ideal the future hygienists are adapting well
and at the same time realizing they have things pretty good back in Champaign
we definitely realized the house oil we have everything we could possibly
need r1 and now it’s a little more primitive here and a little more
challenging but it’s pretty good welcome back joining me in this segment
to dental hygiene students from Parkland College
Lexi Hughes and taya torkelson welcome to the park and report thank you
alrighty Lexi start with you whereabouts you from
and how did you end up coming to Parkland to study dental hygiene
I’m from Petersburg Illinois which is around Springfield
I actually just researched dental hygiene schools on the internet and
found parkland and this is the first dental hygiene school I visited and I
absolutely loved it I knew the day I visited here that this is where I wanted
to go excellent very good tale what about you I’m from Morris Illinois it’s
closer up north by Chicago I went to Parkland actually a year after high
school so I did my John heads before and then I went here I could have went to
College of DuPage but it was just a lot more convenient everybody was a lot
nicer when it when it came to the application process so I ended up
choosing Parkland so tell you why did you decide to become a dental hygienist
where you always fascinated with teeth um I’ve never had a cavity so I’ve
always had good experiences at the dentist’s office so when my patients ask
me about that I’m like I guess I did love the dentist but I never thought I
was gonna be like a dental hygienist I’d but I love to clean so that really works
out because I’m cleaning teeth every single day
so very good Lexi what were you I’ve always loved teeth so I mean like even
when I was younger I loved going to dentist so I told my parents and I was
younger that’s what I was gonna do and Here I am so right you’re talking to
somebody who never wanted to go to the dentist and his whole life so I’m
thrilled to me to people who like dentist tell me a little bit then about
the course of study here at Parkland you’re in your second year so what does
it be like it’s been stressful I know peg talked about usually taking
the Janet’s first but I came in straight out of high school I’m an empty area
like two weeks after I graduated high school so everything that I’ve done so
far has been pretty difficult it’s always workload have a lot and in terms
then of the dental hygiene classes themselves I mean have you found the
science interesting or I find really like the anatomy that we study of the
mouth is actually really interesting so I I love those classes where we get to
talk about like the anatomy and like the diseases that can actually occur in the
mouth so today it starts off basically right you have to operate or learn how
the whole mouth operates and how to function and the whole anatomy and
physiology of the body and then the things that can go wrong what do you
like best about it you’re like learning about how it works when it’s working
well or do you like learning about how things go wrong I like more of the when
it goes wrong it’s hard to learn it all but once you learn it I like I think
it’s a lot more interesting honestly I like I was terrified to give injections
over the summer and then now that’s my favorite part about clinic things like
that you overcome obstacles that you’d never thought you were gonna be able to
do so so for dental hygiene there’s a lot of
like you know sort of academic sort of study of the the process and everything
that’s involved there’s a lot of signs and there’s a lot of like you know
there’s anesthesia that is numbing there’s all kinds of instrumentation
that that you you have to use he talked to me a little bit about what it’s like
to sort of like do the theory but then also the application of it because
you’re working with student work with patients rather pretty quickly yeah well
yeah our second semester so starting spring of last year in January we
started with patients and when it comes to like the theory and then applique
ting the application its we have like different evaluations that we have to
accomplish throughout clinic and it’s like what we learned throughout
each semester we kind of just bring it in to clinic and if this is our third
clinic like we’re in clinic three now and I know so much more like about what
I can tell my patients to do with certain like sensitivity and their teeth
that anything like we also are having like we’re taking nutrition class this
semester and we have a nutritional like evaluation in clinic so we’re just
bringing it over to clinic all the time so do you find like see them when you
get into the actual clinical portion of it that it makes it come alive like the
theory that you’ve learned it’s oh yeah now I get why we do it does it make more
sense yeah I think a lot of things make more sense you can only learn so much on
paper when it comes to this profession so I think once you actually get in the
clinic and you’re working with patients it becomes so much easier it comes
natural and then when we first started it was difficult but now like a lot of
the things we do just really come natural to me so a sign for the most
part you’re working with actual patients is that these are not simulation we see
three patients from the community a week and so yeah we’re working with actual
patients that have gum disease and a lot of problems so that really helps us
learn when you are working with patients I’m imagining in a clinical session
you’re working with smaller groups of students like you’re not on your own
how does it work working with a group of people solving a problem is that
something that’s used it can be like when we’re in clinic we
sometimes have partners so that can be really helpful depending on like what
we’re trying to accomplish but it’s also like individual it’s so I was gonna say
Italian when it comes down to it it’s a really it’s you and the patient right
you can’t really have two people working on a one person’s mouth at a time right
it’s not I mean we definitely like in the very beginning of our first clinic
we were with partners to kind of help us and ease into it but now that we have
our own patients like I prefer to be by myself but technically we would learn
we’ll learn different things from different people so in like I love I
love having an instructor right now while I’m learning because each
instructor tells us something different which is always helpful every and every
instructor has something different to tell you so it’s not exactly just I
guess it’s not exactly just you and your patient it’s also the instructor while
you’re in school because they really help us throughout the whole process of
everything getting you through getting you through the program so Alexia I know
from the past the dental hygienist and dental hygiene students are a very tight
group that you tend to work closely together you you are a you have a sort
of a collaborative team approach that’s getting through the whole process can
you talk a little bit about what it’s like to be a student with other students
in the program I mean you start out the program with 35 other students and you
go two years with them every single day so I mean having everybody there like
you really do become like a family I know like a lot of us are friends and we
do stuff outside of school together so it’s really nice to have like that
close-knit group of people he talked to me a little bit because I know that in
addition to all the academic work you’re doing and in addition to the clinical
work you’re also asked to be part of some of the community outreach pieces
I’m not sure I mean obviously you’re working in the clinic so you’re seeing
some of that but I’m not sure if you’ve done any of the
of the volunteer activities for the community yet well we go to smile
healthi twice a semester so that’s always nice because that giveth gives us
like a good look on what like kind of community like based really is
so where is smile healthi located um it’s here in Champaign it’s I’m not
exactly where it’s sure where it’s at it’s isn’t it on right off of process
try to hide the Dunkin Donuts good place evidently yes right I hit
donut shop yeah what goes on what goes on it’s my hopefully us so when we go
there we see three patients and we get an hour and a half with each patient and
we usually get someone who has periodontal disease which is a gum
disease that we treat and then a kid and then somebody else and so we just get to
treat those patients and a more like practice setting and instead of like a
clinical setting like here it’s more like we’re out in private practice
instead of being in clinic where our instructors like right over our shirt
what about for you tell what what was your experience of working with us my
healthy so I loved both of my experiences and smile healthy so far
makes you really see what is really out there in the community which we see some
of it here at Parkland too but it’s more like since we’re just dental hygiene we
can’t do extractions so like I assisted with the dentist got to assist his
extractions of teeth and stuff like that so it’s going to give you more of like
the assisting and hygiene part of it and it’s just it’s nice to actually have the
normal-like when we get out of parkland we’re going to be expected to clean
people’s teeth in an hour and so it’s nice to like have that schedule of we
need to get used to that because right now we have three and a half hours
Chernykh so it’s been really really eye-opening to see the different
patients that come in and how much help they need
and how much how much they need like us to be working in these public facilities
has it made both of you much more strongly advocates for healthy teeth and
healthy oral hygiene definitely so is that something that you think you will
continue to do once you’ve gone in to working Lexie are you going to be trying
to help give back to the community as part of that I mean I really hope so I’m
not really sure what exactly is like community based back where I’m from but
I really want to try to stay connected with the community because it really is
like an eye-opener how many people really do need the help that we provide
well we’re really glad that you’re on the road to being successful dental
hygienists and thank you so much for taking the time to be with us here today
at Park and report thank you thank you that’s it for this edition of Park and
report we’ll see you back here next time

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