CANTON -- The SUNY Canton dental hygiene program recently received a digital X-ray unit for students to practice using up-to-date technology.
The unit was donated by Sirona Dental Systems and Patterson Dental Supply.
"Digital units are being used more frequently than their conventional film counterparts in dental offices, so this very generous donation will allow our students to familiarize themselves with equipment they will likely be using during their careers," said Program Director and Assistant Professor Pamela P. Quinn. "Digital machines are also much more efficient and emit less radiation."
Students, who work under the supervision of a licensed dental practitioner, provide no-cost preventive services to community members.
Quinn said the facility has served more than 5,000 patients since opening in 2006 and provided approximately $280,000 worth of free dental care during the past academic year.
In addition to exposing X-rays, students administer cancer screenings, cavity checks, evaluations, saliva testing, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants.
The program has earned three national awards from the American Dental Hygienists Association.