MCC Dental Hygiene Students Earn Second Place in State Competition

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 15, 2005) -- An MCC team of dental hygiene students won second place in table clinic competitions held during the Florida Dental Hygiene Association's Annual Symposium in Orlando Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

MCC team members Shawn Lutz, Jeanne Paulus and Sara Sanchez presented original research on "Oral Cancer Screening and Prevention." Eighty-six percent of 68 practicing dental hygienists who responded to their survey said they conducted oral cancer screenings on their patients at least once a year.

A second MCC team that competed made a presentation about "Periodontal Disease and Preclampsia." Team members are Diana Correa, Kristine Havell and Ashley Matelau.

The teams' trip was funded by the MCC chapter of the Student American Dental Hygienists Association. Instructor Gerry Hernandez is the club's advisor.

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