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Idaho State University to Upgrade Dental Hygiene Clinic

Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello received a $500,000 donation from Delta Dental of Idaho to improve the school’s heavily utilized dental hygiene clinic.

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Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello received a $500,000 donation from Delta Dental of Idaho to improve the school’s heavily utilized dental hygiene clinic. The Boise-based dental insurance provider, Delta Dental of Idaho is under the umbrella of Delta Dental, which has more than 78 million subscribers throughout the US.

ISU’s dental hygiene clinic’s 10 existing chairs will receive new delivery systems and lights, and an additional 15 new chairs will be installed. As the dental hygiene clinic was initially launched in 1981, a refresh was definitely in order.

ISU is home to one of the few 4-year dental hygiene programs in the United States, and the only school in Idaho to offer both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degrees. The dental hygiene clinic provides low-cost dental care to area residents and accepts patients covered by Medicaid and other insurance plans. Dental hygiene students provide prophylaxes, scaling and root planing, sealants and fluoride application, tooth whitening, and limited restorative procedures under faculty supervision.

Two articles in this issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene are written by ISU Dental Hygiene Program faculty members: JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AFAAOM, who is also the graduate program director, co-authored “What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines” and Leciel Bono, RDH-ER, MS, co-wrote “Reaching Beyond the Operatory.

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. January 2021;19(1):10.

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