JAN. 30, 2007 | New digital X-ray equipment paid for with a $17,800 contribution from Delta Dental of Arkansas will help patients and students in the Department of Dental Hygiene’s clinic at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
The donation purchased equipment so that now all three imaging rooms in the clinic are equipped with digital X-ray equipment. The digital X-ray systems can provide both still and video images that hygienists can magnify, rotate and manipulate to assist with dental exams, according to Susan Long, professor and chairman of department in the UAMS College of Health Related Professions.
“We appreciate the continued support of Delta Dental with this gift that ensures our students learn to use the newest technology in dental hygiene and our patients receive quality care,” Long said.
Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in Arkansas, has been a supporter of the UAMS dental hygiene program with several donations for equipment as well as a student scholarship in recent years.
“Delta Dental appreciates the work you do here and the board was happy to make this investment,” said Chris Pyle, director of communications and community relations for Delta Dental, who presented the check to Long at the clinic.
The UAMS clinic provides select dental hygiene services to the public while providing clinical experience for the 64 students enrolled in the program. Dental hygiene services are provided by students under the direct supervision of faculty dental hygienists and dentists.
In fiscal year 2006, the UAMS clinic provided services, including dental exams, cleaning, X-rays and sealants, to 3,396 patients from children to senior citizens – and another 200 through the Children International program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The donation came from the Delta Dental’s “Smile! Arkansas” philanthropic and volunteer program for supporting oral health issues in the state and improving access to dental care.
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