Parkland Report – Dental Hygiene 2017

Parkland Report – Dental Hygiene 2017


welcome to the parking report my name is
Seamus Riley joining me on this edition peg Boyce proto director for dental
hygiene welcome to the Parkland report thank you that allowed me to be here
great to have you dental hygiene has a long storied history here at Parkland
College exactly how many years has it been around oh I think we had our 40th
year anniversary a few years ago well since the college is only fifty years
old yeah dental hygiene was one of the very first programs that was 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 hygienists 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 responsibilities 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
healthy 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 hygienist when they when they when they graduate now are expected to
be able to do a lot more a little bit more independent 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 right yes I see the dentist
that sometimes don’t yes when you’re aligned with me that’s right yeah 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 what are the prerequisites before you can get entered
into the dental hygiene products English 101 and 102 psych so com 103 and their
a and P one and two 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 two so it relies heavily on the
science and then we probably a good two thirds 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 them 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 was 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 in the
recent not so long ago talked 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 red 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 and 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 in
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 to 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 meet a
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 healthi but I
want to go back to to 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 very 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 in there
extra expense and so recently we have teamed up with a local gentle society to
come into our clinic and we can do a whole day 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 a hundred 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 learn I’ll talk about it absolutely
and making our community a better place because 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’re 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’re definitely realizing how spoiled
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 Gen Eds 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 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 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 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 in his
whole life so I’m thrilled to me to people who like dentists 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 Pegg talked about usually taking the GenEds first but I came in straight
out of high school I’m here 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 the 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 do you 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 do you 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
studying of the the process and everything that’s involved there’s a lot
of science and there’s a lot of like you know there’s anesthesia there’s 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 Lexie that 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 into clinic and you’re working with patients
it becomes so much easier it comes natural and I know 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 simulations okay 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 is 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 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 prospect
by the Dunkin Donuts good place evidently yes right I hid
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 um 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 shoulder
what about for you tell what what was your experience of working with us smile health program so I loved both of my experiences a 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
of clinic 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 a parking report
thank you thank you that’s it for this edition of Parkland and report we’ll see you
back here next time

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