The curriculum for the Northern Virginia/Germanna Community College requires students to have clinical experience working with live patients. The Dental Hygiene Clinic of Germanna Community College offers student-provided oral hygiene care to the public. This service is offered so that dental hygiene students may fulfill the clinical requirements of their college degree program. In our clinical locations, student hygienists work with patients under the supervision of a registered dental hygienist and/or dentists. All work is checked carefully and frequently by instructors who are registered dental hygienists or licensed dentists.
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Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
6713 Smith Station Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22553.
Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
1301 Sam Perry Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Anyone may take advantage of the services provided by the GCC Dental Hygiene Program. Adults are encouraged to be patients. Children may receive care in the clinic but are encouraged to use the local DMax Program operated by the Rappahannock Area Health District. Child care is not provided and children who do not have appointments will not be allowed in the clinic.
The following are available services at Northern Virginia/Germanna College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. These include:
- Taking and Recording of Vital Signs
- Oral Examinations and Oral Cancer Screenings
- Charting of Oral Conditions
- Assessment and Charting of Periodontal Conditions
- Positioning, Exposing, and Processing of Radiographs
- Dental Hygiene Treatment Planning
- Plaque Indices
- Oral Health Education and Nutritional Counseling
- Periodontal Scaling
- Root Planing
- Ultrasonic Scaling
- Coronal Polishing
- Air Abrasive Polishing
- Application of Pit and Fissure Sealants
- Fluoride Treatments
- Application of Chemotherapeutic Agents
- Pain Management
- Polishing of Restorations
- Cleaning Removable Appliances and Prostheses
- Evaluation of Dental Hygiene Services
Currently, services by the student hygienists at Germanna Community College are provided at no charge to the patient. Several visits may be necessary to complete patient care. The Dental Hygiene Students receive the necessary training during classroom and preclinical/laboratory sessions before performing these services on patients. All the services that are listed above are provided to patients in the Dental Hygiene Clinic. These services are taught to the level of clinical competence which means the students receive training derived from education and experience received during clinical sessions. These experiences are supervised and evaluated by the Dental Hygiene Faculty according to predetermined criteria.
Patients who need additional dental treatment that is beyond the scope of care at this facility will be referred for procedures that cannot be provided by the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
The clinic is normally open Monday – Thursday. Evening appointments are available at our Spotsylvania Clinic. For an appointment, please call 540-423-9833 to be placed on the treatment request list. Should you get the voicemail, please leave your name, address, and phone number. A student will call you to schedule an appointment. Please make cancellations 24 – 48 hours in advance so that students have time to schedule another patient and fulfill their academic requirements.
Expect to spend 3 hours for your initial and subsequent appointments. Remember that the student’s work must be checked at each step by an instructor and that students may tend to work more slowly and more thoroughly because they are being graded. Complete treatment may involve more than one appointment.