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BOCES students learn the 'tooth' about proper dental care
April 9, 2015


Students learn about dental care
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students in teacher Roseann Norod’s class pose with dental care items they received during a recent visit from dental hygienist Lorraine Albano of Melo Family Dentistry. Pictured, from left to right, back row: Desiray Thayer, of Poland; Hailey Flike, of Poland; and Amber Stevens, of Richfield Springs. Front row: Justin Schumacher, of Fort Plain; Caterina Vosburgh, of Poland; Trinity Widmer, of Frankfort; and Stella Stetson, of Richfield Springs.


HERKIMER – Dental hygienist Lorraine Albano of Melo Family Dentistry in Herkimer recently taught Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students about tooth structure, how to care for their teeth and the problems that can arise when teeth aren’t properly cared for.

During Albano’s visit to special education teacher Roseann Norod’s class, Albano talked about bacteria and explained how it can get into gums and cause health issues. She had the students practice proper brushing and flossing on tooth models – including using big toothbrushes on the fake teeth.

Every student in the class asked questions – including questions about their teeth, the dental care profession and why Albano wanted to be a dental hygienist.

Albano encouraged students to value their education; she shared that everyone in the dental office continually goes to school to keep up with the current research.

All of the students received gift bags, courtesy of dentist Larry Melo of Melo Family Dentistry. The gift bags included toothbrushes, toothpaste and tooth-themed erasers, wristbands, stickers and magnets.

As a follow-up to the visit, Norod and art teacher Meghan Pagano put together a joint art and science lesson on March 27. Students used FaceTime to video chat with Jason Clark, a dental technician of Gardali Advanced Restorative Solutions, who uses his art skills to sculpt dental restorations.

Clark talked with students about how teeth are sculpted from materials such as zirconium. Using FaceTime, students were able to see samples of the computer scans done by dentists to allow new teeth to be made and virtually tour Clark’s workspace, which included a 3-D printer and an oven that bakes the teeth at 3,000 degrees.

Students asked questions such as “Does it hurt to have the teeth replaced?” and “Can we see the equipment you use?”

Clark explained the process he follows to make the teeth, bridges and crowns, and he showed models of some of the teeth that would be implanted by dentists. 

Pagano will next have the students conduct an art project to create a three-dimensional model of the mouth using information they learned from Albano’s and Clark’s visits.




Dental care in class
Dental hygienist Lorraine Albano of Melo Family Dentistry in Herkimer talks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students in teacher Roseann Norod’s class.



Showing how to floss
Dental hygienist Lorraine Albano of Melo Family Dentistry in Herkimer shows Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs student Amber Stevens, of Richfield Springs, how to floss by using a tooth model, during a recent visit to teacher Roseann Norod’s class.



FaceTime video chat with dental technician
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES special programs students in teacher Roseann Norod’s class FaceTime with dental technician Jason Clark on March 27 to learn how he uses art skills to make dental restorations.









 
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