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Dental Hygiene (A.A.S.)

The Dental Hygiene Clinic

Welcome Clinic Hours Image of student and patient in dental clinic
Fee Schedule Health History
Services Provided  

Welcome

We are delighted that you chose us for your preventive services. At Hudson Valley, we are committed to providing you with the best patient-centered treatment possible, while providing our students with an excellent learning experience. Our students have been educated and evaluated to laboratory competency prior to treating patients in clinic. Students are closely supervised and evaluated as patient assessment and treatment progresses. Instructors are dentists or licensed dental hygienists with advanced degrees. A dentist is always present during clinic sessions. 

If you are a new patient, please inform us of any medical condition that might interfere with dental treatment, or any medications that you are taking. As a new adult patient, your first scheduled appointment will be a screening appointment, which is approximately 45 minutes long. During this session, a thorough health history is taken, a brief oral exam is performed, as well as a periodontal screening. Radiographs (x-rays) and study models may be taken at this appointment, if necessary. The primary reason we screen all new patients is to determine periodontal status. 

Periodontal status refers to the absence, presence, or extent of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is viewed as an infection, which is caused by plaque bacteria. This philosophy means that a portion of your mouth is treated and evaluated before other areas of your mouth are treated. Depending on your periodontal status, you may require one to several appointments to complete your treatment. Hygienists no longer simply remove superficial plaque and dental calculus (tartar) from the teeth, but clean deposits below the gumline on the roots where disease progresses. This procedure is known as Periodontal Debridement. Good home care is an important and integral component to restoring your periodontal health. Our dental hygiene students are trained in patient education and are expected to review home care techniques with you. We will try to work our appointments around your schedule. Our students depend on your cooperation and participation. 
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Health History

Before rendering services you will be asked to complete a health history in order to gather any pertinent information that could impact your dental treatment. 

Some medical conditions necessitate the need to take antibiotics before dental treatment. Please inform us of any chronic or infectious diseases, or conditions, that you have now, or in the past. If you are not sure about your specific condition, please call the Dental Hygiene Clinic, at (518) 629-7400, before making an appointment. We may possibly need medical clearance from your physician. Also, any allergies to medications or latex (rubber gloves) is important for us to know. Please bring a list of all medications that you are taking. We can mail or fax you a health history in advance of your appointment, if you wish. Your cooperation is appreciated. We want to serve you in a professional and responsible manner, that is in your best interest. 
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Clinic Hours

We schedule all patients by appointment. Please call (518) 629-7400 for an appointment time. Please note that we are teaching facility. Students depend on you to learn and meet requirements. If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly notify the clinic 48 hours in advance. The clinic is located in Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 127. Thank you.

Fall Semester (September - December) Senior Students

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
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9 a.m. - noon
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9 a.m. - noon
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1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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Spring Semester (January - April) Senior and Freshman Students

Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
9 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon 9 a.m. - noon
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1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Image of dental hygiene students providing servicesServices Provided

    DENTAL PROPHYLAXIS
    Periodontal screening, oral evaluation, patient education, periodontal debridement, polishing, fluoride treatment. 
  • RADIOGRAPHS 

  • Bitewings 
    Full-mouth series 
    Panorex 
     
  • SEALANTS 

  • Other auxillary services provided may include polishing restorations, nutritional counseling and new patients are welcome. When calling for an appointment, please inform us of any health problems that you have and any medications that you are taking. Our clinic operates from September to May. 
What are dental sealants? Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They are applied on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. They may be clear or tinted. Sealant placement is easy and painless. Sealants can be placed by dentists or dental hygienists. Dental Hygiene students, under faculty guidance, place sealants as part of our total preventive services. 

Why get sealants? The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves. Food and bacteria become trapped in these hidden areas because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away, and eventually, the tooth can develop a cavity. The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Healthy teeth can last a lifetime. 

How long do sealants last? Sealants can last up to 10 years. Sealants need to be checked at regular dental examinations to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. The dentist or hygienist can repair sealants by adding more sealant material. Sealing one tooth costs less than filling one tooth. 

How are sealants placed? The tooth is cleaned and dried. Cotton or other material is put around the tooth so it stays dry. A solution is put on the tooth surface that makes the tooth slightly rough. This makes the sealant adhere better. The tooth is rinsed and dried. The sealant is then applied and hardens in about 30 seconds with the aid of a special light. A fluoride treatment follows. 

Who should get sealants? Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in-before decay attacks the tooth. Teens and adults without decay or fillings on molars may also get sealants. Recent studies show that changes in lifestyle, health status, or medications can put adults at risk for decay. Patients of all ages may be good candidates for sealants. 

Dental Hygiene Department Policy on Sealants: If you wish to have sealants on you or your child's teeth, an examination of the mouth is necessary. The dentist on duty may be asked to make the final approval. Bite-wing x-rays are necessary to rule out any decay between the teeth. If your private dentist is recommending sealants, we will need a prescription, signed by the dentist, detailing the particular teeth to be sealed. In this case, x-rays are not necessary. 

  • Other services available include:
    • Dental Nutritional Counseling
    • Amalgam Polishing

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Fee Schedule

All fees must be paid prior to having treatment.
PROPHYLAXIS Includes the following: 
  • Health History/Blood Pressure
  • Periodontal Assessment
  • Oral/Dental Evaluation
  • Homecare Instruction
  • Teeth Cleaning/Debridement
  • Fluoride Treatment
Adult: $10
Child: $6
(4-12 yrs.) 

Free for all Hudson Valley Faculty, Staff and Students. 

 
RADIOGRAPHS
  • Bitewings
  • Full Mouth Series
  • Panorex
  • Panorex and Bitewings
  $5
$15
$10
$15
SEALANTS
 
$10/patient

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