Dental Hygiene

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Dental hygiene can be an exciting and rewarding career in which you can make a difference helping others. Dental hygienists provide educational, preventive and therapeutic services in a variety of health care settings including private practices, school systems, public health delivery systems, hospitals, long term care facilities, HMO’s, research centers, industry, dental supply companies, veterinarian dentistry, military bases, government agencies, and higher education. Dental hygienists are also in demand in other countries.

Dental hygienists are professional oral health care providers who can provide treatment to prevent oral diseases, under the supervision of a dentist. The scope of practice includes the following clinical services: reviewing medical and dental health histories; blood pressure screenings; oral cancer screenings ; oral health instruction; dental charting; periodontal assessment; non-surgical periodontal therapy including scaling and root planning, oral irrigation, and applying chemotherapeutic agents; oral prophylaxis; fluoride therapies; sealant application; nutritional counseling; tobacco cessation program; radiographs; athletic mouth protectors and other services delegated by the dentist. The State of Michigan allows a dental hygienist to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide conscious sedation under the direct supervision of a dentist.

Program and Faculty

Kellogg Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program is committed to preparing competent dental hygienists in a two year program of study. For more information on candidate application and selection, please view our Admissions Criteria.

Faculty

Jamie Beale, RDH, MS
KCC Director of Dental Hygiene Education - Jamie Beale received both her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and Master’s of Science in Allied Medicine, Health Care Management from The Ohio State University. She teaches Oral Pathology and is a clinical dental hygiene instructor.

Bridget Korpela, RDH, BS, MS
KCC Dental Hygiene Faculty –  Bridget Korpela received both her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and her  Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene Education  from the University of Michigan. She is the clinical coordinator for both first- and second-year clinics and teaches Dental Materials, Radiology, Clinic Seminars and is a clinical dental hygiene instructor. 

Laura Saye, RDH, BS MA, MA
KCC Dental Hygiene Faculty - Laura Saye received an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Shawnee State University,  and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Michigan University. Saye’s master’s degrees are in counseling psychology and science education. She has also completed a certificate program in holistic health with an emphasis on stress management, nutrition and exercise. She teaches Nutrition, Community Dentistry, Histology, Pain Control, Dental Materials lab, Radiology lab and is a clinical dental hygiene instructor.