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Dental Hygiene Technology

DIVISION OF HEALTH EDUCATON

Paige Pennington, D.M.D.
Program Coordinator

apenning@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8751

APPOINTMENTS: For an appointment with a student hygienist, please call 601-481-1353 and leave a message. A student will call back to schedule you. Patients are assigned to students based on their case type and level of difficulty.

The Dental Hygiene Program provides students with a general education and clinical dental hygiene experience to prepare them for a career in the dental hygiene profession. A dental hygienist is a licensed preventive health professional who provides educational, clinical and therapeutic services and promotes total health through the maintenance of optimal oral health. All phases of dental health education are covered and sustained through community dental health activities and clinical experience by treating patients in all categories including children, the aged, and patients with oral and general systemic conditions.

MCC’s Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval with reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and are eligible to write the National Board of Dental Examiners as well as individual state board examinations for dental hygiene.

In an effort to better prepare dental hygiene graduates for the workforce, MCC’s Dental Hygiene Program includes digital intraoral and panoramic x-ray, computerized charting, and electronic records keeping in the curriculum.