Penn College dental students continue to grow clinic

Dental students at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport provided low-cost dental services to more than 2,000 patients at the university's dental hygiene clinic for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the Williamsport-Sun Gazette

Being that the clinic is open to the public, the students completed a total of 4,138 appointments during the school year. Services include cleanings, exams, X-rays and sealants.

"I enjoy coming to the clinic because it makes me feel encouraged, well taken care of and the treatment is thorough," Beverly Groff, a patient of the clinic for more than 30 years, told the Williamsport-Sun Gazette.

Students must undergo training and show competency in clinical skills before treating patients. The clinic is also staffed by licensed dentists and dental hygienists.

"The dental hygiene program helps meet the oral health needs of the community by providing low-cost preventive care, which results in an amazing, real-world learning environment for the students," Shawn Kiser, the university's director of dental hygiene said to the Williamsport-Sun Gazette.

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