Dental Care in Williamsport, PA
We Are Committed To Providing Preventive And
Restorative Dental Care To Patients In Our Community.
We Currently Offer:
- Dental Exams
- Dental X-rays
- Dental cleaning for infants, children and adults
- Extractions and restorative dentistry (i.e. fillings and periodontal root planing and scaling)
You may request a dental appointment by sending us your information.
Dental Hygiene – What is a Dental Hygienist?
Licensed, Educated Providers
A dental hygienist is a primary care oral health professional who administers a range of oral health services.
Dental hygienists must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program (typically three academic years in length or more) and pass national written and regional clinical examinations prior to obtaining a license.
Additionally, dental hygienists must take continuing education courses in order to renew their license. This requirement ensures a working professional that is current with the latest technologies, regulations, and delivery of patient care.
Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners
Dental hygienists who obtain PHDHP certification may provide dental hygiene services “without authorization, assignment or examination by a dentist” in specific public health practice sites: schools, correctional facilities, health care facilities, personal care homes, domiciliary care homes, older adult daily living centers, continuing care facilities, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
In all other practice sites, certified PHDPHs are restricted to the scope of practice and supervision requirements for dental hygienists. Qualifications to obtain the PHDHP certification include: 3,600 hours of dental hygiene practice under the supervision of a licensed dentist
Additionally, provided that the patient is free of systemic disease or suffers only from mild systemic disease, PHDHPs may perform periodontal probing, scaling, root planing, polishing or another procedure required to remove calcium deposits, excess or flash restorative materials and stains from the exposed surfaces of the teeth and beneath the gingiva.
The Dental Navigator provides oral health services to patients being seen in the medical department. The Dental Navigator’s provides:
- Oral Health Consultations
- Preventive Services
- Referral Coordination
- Referral Follow-Up
- Enrollment Of Patients In The Infant Program *1
- Enrollment Of Patients In The Dental School Program
- Oral Health Community Liaison
- Community Outreach Services
The goal of the dental navigator program is to lower the incidence of dental and systemic disease by providing oral health education,
preventive services, and early intervention of cavities in a non-dental setting.
*1 A specialized program that provides preventive dental care to infants aged 6-months to 3-years.