CCBC Dental Hygiene schedules dental services for pregnant women and infants

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CCBC Dental Hygiene schedules free preventive dental services clinics for pregnant women and infants
Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at CCBC Dundalk
Hours: 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Appointments are required.

The Community College of Baltimore County Dental Hygiene Clinic is again holding special clinics specifically for pregnant women and infants on Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5, 2012 in the Dental Arts Bldg. at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road.  These free and complete preventive dental services clinics will be held during morning (8 – 11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m.) hours by appointment only.  Call Patrice Gernhardt at 443-840-3495 to schedule an appointment.   Funded through a grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, these dental hygiene services are available for pregnant and post-partum women (up to two years) and infants throughout Maryland.  Under the supervision of a registered dental hygienist, the dental Hygiene students are able to gain real life experience while helping pregnant women and their infants.

“There is a major link between the pregnant mother’s oral care and their unborn child. Poor oral care while pregnant can cause miscarriages or an early birth,” notes Kathleen D’Ambrisi, program director for CCBC’s dental hygiene program.

Patients will receive free and complete preventive dental hygiene services including:

  • Medical and dental history

  • Blood Pressure screening

  • Comprehensive oral examination

  • Oral prophylaxis

  • Oral hygiene instruction

  • Fluoride treatment

  • Nutritional counseling

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call Patrice Gernhardt at pgernhardt@ccbcmd.edu or 443-840-3495.

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About the CCBC Dental Hygiene Program (http://ccbcmd.edu/allied_health/dental/index.html)
The Dental Hygiene program in the School of Health Professions at CCBC Dundalk is designed to prepare students for a career as registered Dental Hygienists in a variety of health care settings such as private practice or health care institutions. The two-year, 70-credit full-time program leading to an associate of applied science degree (AAS) in Dental Hygiene enrolled its first class in the fall of 2008.  Kathleen J. D’Ambrisi, R.D.H., M.S., Ph.D., serves as the director of the CCBC Dental Hygiene Program.  The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “initial accreditation”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


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