BANGOR, Maine — The 3rd annual Penobscot Community Health Care Dental Academy, a dental careers exploration camp for high school students, was held June 19-21 at PCHC Dental Center, 1048 Union St.
The Dental Academy is designed to introduce students to a variety of dental health professions and experience to promote the dental professions.
The Dental Academy was open to all students who are preparing to enter grades 9-12.
Participants were given a chance to job shadow dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants during a variety of procedures. They also were able to learn how to make dental impressions, suture, practice on a dental simulator with the University of New England of Dental Medicine, receive CPR certification and take dental X-rays. They also learned about privacy laws, bloodborne pathogens and infection control and career planning.
The Dental Academy is sponsored by PCHC Dental Center, Eastern Maine Area Health Education Center, Maine Office of Rural Health, University of Maine-Bangor and the University of New England.