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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Makes 10,000 Smiles

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Wanda K. King receives a special gift from Felicity P. Runge of Carthage.

Pictured are (l to r) Wanda K. King of Utica received a special gift for being the 10,000th patient at SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rome, N.Y. her student hygienist, Felicity P. Runge of Carthage.

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Clinic recently saw its 10,000th patient.

“The SUNY Canton students enrolled in dental hygiene provide preventive care to volunteers from the community,” noted Professor Pamela P. Quinn, who oversees the clinic. “Our 10,000th patient to receive care at the clinic was Wanda K. King of Utica. We were very proud to achieve this milestone as we prepare to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.”

King was given a celebratory gift provided by Crest and Oral B by her student-hygienist, Felicity P. Runge of Carthage.

The clinic, which is operated at the VA Outpatient Medical Facility in Rome, N.Y., celebrated its grand opening in 2006 and its first class of students graduated in 2008.

The Dental Hygiene program has received multiple awards for service within the Rome community, including the prestigious American Dental Hygienists Association Student Member Community Service Award and a $5,000 grant from the Wrigley Company Foundation to offer children preventative dental services.

SUNY Canton students provide care for children (age 5 and older) and adults. Services include screening exams, cavity checks, periodontal screenings and cleanings, exposure of x-rays, application of fluoride, and placement of sealants. Services are offered for qualifying patients at a discounted fee of $10.00 for children and $15.00 for adults. Veterans receive care free of charge. To make an appointment, please call the clinic at 315-336-3484.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Dental Hygiene Program Wins Top Honors for a Second Year

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award for the second year in a row.

Students in the program were recognized for continuing a community outreach initiative that teaches youth the importance of proper oral health. This year, the future dental hygienists worked with almost 100 children from three Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Headstart facilities in the greater Rome, N.Y. area.

Dental Hygiene Students

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene students provide exams and cleanings at the Veteran's Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Associate Program. “We’ve now won it twice, which further demonstrates the quality of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Each child who participated in the project received an electric toothbrush, provided by a Health Preventive Dentistry grant. The SUNY Canton students demonstrated how to use the brushes to reinforce good home care habits. Some of the children also received a free examination.

“The project is very successful on a variety of levels,” Quinn said. “The children and young adults learn about the importance of healthy teeth and good daily habits. They also become more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. Our students, in turn, develop a deeper understanding of the dental needs of at-risk populations.”

To conclude the project, the Dental Hygiene students hosted a health fair for the parents at three Headstart facilities, to help further encourage healthy oral habits.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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