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January 31, 2008

Farmingdale State College Dental Hygiene Care Center Receives $2.5 Million Renovation

Long Island's Only Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The Farmingdale State College Dental Hygiene Care Center has received a $2.5 million face-lift. A ribbon cutting for the newly-renovated Dental Hygiene Care Center will take place on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM. The clinic is located on the first floor of Gleeson Hall. Renovations were made possible by the funding secured through the efforts of Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney as well as the individual efforts and contributions of dental hygiene alumni, staff and friends. Dr. W. Hubert Keen , president of Farmingdale State , will welcome the more than 200 people expected to attend.

The on-campus clinic features 35 all-new ergonomically designed patient chairs, technologically advanced dental units, automatic focus dental lights, x-ray machine and processors, and the latest patient management software. "We are thrilled with the center," said Dr. Laura Joseph , chair of the dental hygiene program. "The clinic has a new reception area that is warm and inviting. The ergonomics and technology have improved dramatically, and it is a state-of-the-art facility for our students and patients."

Farmingdale offers the only dental hygiene program on Long Island . Established in 1946, with 2,500 alumni and approximately 50 students graduating each year, it is one of the oldest and largest programs in the country. The renovations will allow the College's dental hygiene program to continue to grow and provide quality education to students and quality care to patients. Upper-level students, working under the supervision of their clinical professors, in the Dental Hygiene Care Center provide a broad range of services to over 3,000 community residents each year.  In addition, 150 children from the Nassau County Head Start program visit the center for initial exams, prophylaxis and oral health education. Dental hygiene students also provide oral health education to preschool children of the Farmingdale Child Care Center how to properly brush their teeth.

Benefits for professors include:

  • Training students on state-of-the-art equipment
  • Greater visibility and access to students and patients during treatment

Benefits for the students include:

  • Receive training on state-of-the-art equipment-"real life" hands-on experience
  • Opportunities to provide a greater variety of services
  • Access to chair side technology including intra-oral cameras, internet, dental software applications

Benefits for the patients and the community

  • Receive overall enhanced care in a state-of-the-art modern facility at affordable costs
  • Larger numbers served with full service dental hygiene
  • Comfortable waiting room with ample sitting space