NAIT Dental Assisting program offers $10 teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment
Students in NAIT's Dental Assisting program want to put smiles on the faces of 500 young patients.
The institute is offering $10 teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment in May and June for those between the ages of four and 21. The cleaning will be done in NAIT's state-of-the-art dental clinic, which has recently undergone a major renovation.
“This is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Linda McCaughey, an educational lab technologist in NAIT's School of Health Sciences. "Patients receive courteous and professional service for $10 - a fraction of what it would cost at the dentist's office - while students receive the experience they need in order to successfully complete the program."
Over the course of the year, every dental assisting student is required to see approximately 10 patients. The program requires another 500 patients to meet this need.
In addition to getting a gleaming smile, patients receive a thorough dental health education. Topics covered include proper brushing/flossing, and what the good, bad and "ugly" foods are for your teeth. The cleaning and fluoride treatment is done under the supervision of NAIT instructors. It takes about two hours.
The Dental Assisting program is designed to provide students with the education, technical knowledge and clinical experiences to perform treatment support procedures, patient care procedures, assist with general and specialty dental procedures, manage dental practices and coordinate laboratory services.
NAIT's dental clinic underwent a complete upgrade in 2011. The old equipment - including 150 dental chairs, three x-ray units and cabinetry - was removed and donated to help train dental professionals in Rwanda.
Teeth cleaning appointments can be made by calling 780.471.8827.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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