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December 1, 2014

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Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
909 652-6115

For Immediate Release


CHAFFEY COLLEGE OPENS FIRST COMMUNITY COLLEGE FULL-SERVICE DENTAL CLINIC TO SERVE ADULTS

(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Chaffey College became the first community college to open a campus dental clinic to serve adults, specifically Chaffey College students. Other community colleges have dental clinics, but most focus on dental hygiene and serve children. The Chaffey College dental clinic functions as a dental office and provides examinations, x-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, and other dental related services. Most importantly, the clinic only serves students enrolled at Chaffey College.

“So many of our students don’t have the resources to see a dentist and we felt that it was necessary to provide services to our students,” said Beverly Cox, professor of dental assisting and clinic coordinator. Dental related pain and issues can impact a student’s success in the classroom and affect their everyday lives. “We wanted a clinic that would benefit the dental assisting students as well as others,” added Cox.

The dental clinic is located in the newly renovated Health Sciences center on the Rancho Cucamonga Campus and is managed by the dental assisting program. The dental assisting students book appointments, check-in the patients, provide sterilization and setup and also assist the dentistry students chair side. The dental clinic is open every Friday during the semester.

The clinic was established through a partnership between Chaffey College and the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine. Senior dental students from Western University work together with the Chaffey College dental assisting students to provide dental services to Chaffey students. “Dental assisting faculty researched the opportunity to work with a local dental university, and we were elated that Western University agreed to partner with us this year,” said Teresa Hull, Dean of Health Sciences.

“This partnership is off to a good start, we would like to see this partnership grow and expand in the future,” said Dr. Martinez, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and Access to Care at the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine. “In looking at dental education, it is important to give dental students experiences outside the four walls of the dental school. This opportunity gives them better preparation, real-life experiences, and through externships students are more productive.

“This clinic wouldn’t be open if it weren’t from the support we receive from Dr. Martinez and the superior dental students at Western University,” exclaimed Cox. The clinic is a win-win for both partners. Western University dental students are required to complete clinical hours, while Chaffey College dental assistants are taught in an actual dental office environment.

For more information on the Chaffey College dental clinic or the dental assisting program please contact the School of Health Sciences at (909) 652-6675.




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