CCBC Den­tal Hy­giene Clinic open to the com­mu­nity

The Dundalk Eagle - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR -

Since the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County School of Health Pro­fes­sions opened its state-of-theart Den­tal Arts Cen­ter at CCBC Dun­dalk in 2008, its Den­tal Hy­giene clinic has recorded more than 18,333 pa­tient vis­its. A ser­vice of the Den­tal Hy­giene Pro­gram, the clinic of­fers preventive oral health ser­vices to peo­ple across the state of Mary­land at sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings over gen­eral den­tal fees. In fact, from spring 2009 through spring 2016, CCBC es­ti­mates that its cost com­pared to gen­eral den­tal fees saved pa­tients $5.8 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to Kath­leen D’Am­brisi, di­rec­tor of CCBC’s Den­tal Hy­giene pro­gram, “An­nu­ally, we record more than 2,500 pa­tient vis­its. While some of th­ese pa­tient vis­its are gen­er­ated by our Den­tal Hy­giene stu­dents who must pro­vide pa­tients for their clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, oth­ers come to us via word of mouth, pro­mo­tion and com­mu­nity outreach.”

“The hard­est bar­rier for us to over­come has been the mis­con­cep­tion that we pro­vide ser­vices only to Dun­dalk or east­ern Bal­ti­more County res­i­dents. In fact, our ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, as well as our clinic ser­vices, are open statewide. Our rates based on the pa­tient’s abil­ity to pay. Also, we work closely with the health de­part­ment and gen­eral den­tists in the area to make sure our pa­tients re­ceive the level of care nec­es­sary for main­tain­ing good oral health,” notes D’Am­brisi.

Sched­ule an ap­point­ment at the Den­tal Hy­giene Clinic by call­ing 443-840-3495.

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