BCC DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC INFORMATION
This webpage is designed to acquaint you with some of the clinical policies and procedures. It will be most helpful for you to read through this information prior to your appointment.
YOUR HEALTH HISTORY
On your first visit to the clinic, you will be required to complete a thorough medical/dental history prior to the start of your appointment. Therefore, you will be scheduled to allow 15 minutes for this task before the actual start of the appointment. A comprehensive health history is necessary for us to provide you with thorough, safe treatment.
Your physician must be consulted PRIOR to any dental hygiene treatment if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
Written physician approval for treatment is, in the above cases, required for our records.
HEART DISEASE - Where medication is necessary for emergency use, the medication MUST be at the dental chair.
ASTHMATIC PATIENTS are requested to bring their own inhaler.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT?
During the appointment the student and an instructor work on a one-to-one basis utilizing you, the patient, as a learning resource. All students will be involved in blood pressure screening, examination of the head and neck regions, inspection of the teeth and gums, home care instructions, and a thorough cleaning of the teeth for the removal of tartar, stain and plaque. In addition, senior students may provide services such as fluoride treatments, x-rays, and sealants.
DENTAL HYGIENE CARE (Dependent on patient needs):
WHAT WILL BE THE LENGTH OF YOUR APPOINTMENT?
An an educational institution, our primary objective is to prepare highly qualified dental hygienists. To meet this objective, students must spend a great deal of time developing their skills. Therefore, depending on the individual schedule of the student, you will be appointed for 3 hours. If the condition of your teeth and gums warrants additional appointments, you may be asked to return for one or more subsequent visits. The amount of time involved in your treatment ensures positive educational results and allows us to provide you with high quality services.
DO I STILL NEED TO VISIT MY DENTIST?
All clinical activities occur under the supervision of a licensed dentist. However, this should not be interpreted as diagnosis of the oral conditions present in your mouth. The dental hygienist, by law, is not allowed to diagnose. You must still return to your dentist for your regular dental check-up.
We hope this letter has answered some of your questions regarding the clinic. Should you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the clinic at (607) 778-5015. We know that you will be pleased with the services provided. Thank you for being a patient at the BCC Dental Hygiene Clinic!
PLEASE NOTE: The BCC Dental Hygiene Clinic has no provisions for child care. Children are not allowed to sit with parent/patient in the clinic during the appointment, so please make arrangements for child care.
BCC DH CLINIC BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS STATEMENT FOR PATIENTS
The Broome Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic is committed to the safety of all its patients, students, faculty, and staff. In the process of treating patients, the potential exists for transmission of blood borne pathogens as well as other diseases. All faculty, staff, and students in the Department are trained annually with methods to reduce the risk of disease transmission. The Clinic maintains the highest infection control standards to minimize the risk of any disease transmission. It is safe for you to be treated in our clinic.
All patients, regardless of their HIV,HBV, or HCV status will be provided services at the BCC Dental Hygiene Clinic. Standard Precautions as set by regulatory agencies will be employed in order to reduce exposure from patient to student, student to patient, and patient to patient.
BCC DH DEPARTMENT POLICY ON RADIATION FOR PATIENTS
Dental x-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when detecting dental disease not visible during a regular exam. How often x-rays should be taken depends on your age group and rick for dental disease.
After completing your examination the dentist will authorize necessary x-rays.
If you are a new patient, then x-rays will help develop baseline information. If you are a recall patient then x-rays may help to assess new disease.
If a previous dental office has any radiographs of you, a copy may be requested. You may ask your dentist to send copies of your x-rays.
Broome Community College Dental Hygiene Department Policy on Radiation reduces the radiation to the patient to As Low As Reasonably Achievable. This is known as the ALARA Concept and includes:
BCC RADIOGRAPHIC POLICY TECHNICAL DETAILS
Download BCC's DH Department Radiographic Retake Policy (PDF, 77KB).