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Public Can Receive Variety of Dental Hygiene Services at Hudson Valley Community College Dental Clinic

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Hudson Valley Community College's Dental Hygiene Clinic is open to the public for dental cleanings, X-rays and sealants, as well as patient education and nutritional counseling. Each year, during the fall and spring semesters, the clinic provides a high quality, low-cost dental health alternative for Capital Region residents.

Under the supervision of dentists and registered dental hygienist educators, students in Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene program each year serve more than 4,000 patients from around the area. With 36 dental hygiene stations, the college's clinic is one of the largest public dental health clinics in the Northeastern United States.

"The dental clinic provides a very real public service to the people of the Capital Region," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono. "We want to get the word out that our Dental Hygiene department provides this service, and that it's open to the public."

Adult patients are charged $10 for a cleaning and children ages 5-12 are charged $6. X-rays are $5 to $15 and sealants are $5 each.

Clinic hours for the spring semester are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.; Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will remain open through the spring semester, which ends on May 12.

The Dental Hygiene clinic is located in the Fitzgibbon Health Technologies Building on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy. All patients are seen on an appointment basis. To make an appointment at the dental clinic, call 629-7400.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.