2015 Dental Academy

The Southeastern Missouri Area Health Education Center and Missouri Southern State University held the 2015 Dental Academy on Friday, June  12, 2015 at the Southeast Missouri State University Sikeston Regional Campus.  High school and college students from across Southeast Missouri were invited to attend this day camp.

Learning activities for the morning portion included:  an introduction to dentistry and dental hygiene, taking impressions, pouring impressions, trimming models, radiography techniques, disclosing solution, brushing, oral hygiene instructions, polishing, names and uses for instruments, exam techniques, injections, anatomy of the tooth, universal precautions, sterilization, HIPPA/OSHA/patient confidentiality, and charting.

The afternoon portion of the camp included a presentation by Lisa Kelley, RDH, on diseases and conditions of the mouth and a problem based learning case study.  In the given scenario for the case study, the students assumed the role of a dental hygienist.  They met with their patient and gave him/her an intraoral exam.  Working in pairs and with a dental hygiene student, students created a plan of care consisting of lifestyle modification and behavior change recommendations in order to improve their patient’s next visit to the dentist.  Students then gave oral case presentations on their findings.

A very special thank you goes out to Lisa Kelley (RDH), Emily Leslie (RDH), and the dental hygiene students who volunteered their time to facilitate this workshop.